924- Chekhchoukha / شخشوخة

Jun 7, 2021 | Desserts

Prep time :

10 minutes

Cook time :

15 minutes

Serves :


Complexity :


Ingredients :

For the pastilla sheets
250g (8 ounces) pastilla sheets
300ml (1 1/4 cups) vegetable oil

For the Mahlabia
250ml (1 cup) milk
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 tsp Arabic gum
Pinch of saffron threads

For decoration
50g (1/3 cup) fried almonds, finely chopped

Directions :

Step 1: Preparing the pastilla sheet
1. Using a cookie cutter, cut the pastilla sheets into 10cm circles.
2. Heat up the vegetable oil in a large pot, add the pastilla sheets one at a time and fry them for 3 minutes until golden brown. Set aside to to cool on a plate lined with paper towels.

Step 2: Making the mahlabia
3. In a saucepan, combine the milk and cornstarch, whisk well to dissolve the cornstarch then place the saucepan over medium heat.
4. Add the sugar, Arabic gum and saffron. Cook for 5 minutes while whisking until the mixture starts to thicken. Set aside to cool.

Step 3: Layering the chekhchoukha
5. Crumble the fried pastilla sheets into bite sized pieces, then place a layer of the pastilla in your serving cups.
6. Add a dollop of the mahlabia and fried almonds. Place a second layer of pastilla, add more mahlabia and almonds. Decorate with mint then serve.

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