Made with ground almonds, Mechkouk is a small pastry very popular in Morocco. Discover this Moroccan pastry and the steps of its preparation.
El Mechkouk, or Mechkek (which means “cracked”), is a small pastry reminiscent of amarettis. In Morocco, this is one of the pastries traditionally eaten at weddings and during the celebration of Eid.
To prepare a batch of mechkouks, you need 500 grams of ground almonds, 300 grams of icing sugar, 4 egg whites and finally the food coloring and flavoring of your choice: vanilla, pistachio, orange blossom….
Preparation begins by mixing the ground almonds and the icing sugar in a bowl. Then add your flavoring and your coloring prior to incorporating the egg whites one by one. Once it forms a malleable dough, form small balls of about 30g each and then coat them with the icing sugar. As decoration, Moroccans often put a whole almond on top of each pellet. These are then placed on a greased and floured plate, which bakes for 10 minutes in a preheated oven at 160° C. This last drying step gives the mechkouk its cracked appearance, you can now enjoy it.
A little advice from Hertz Morocco : rent a standard car to go to a tea room and eat El Mechkouk cakes.
Tea rooms are popular and traditional in Morocco. Wherever you are in the country, you will easily find a place to have a cup of mint tea and some cakes, El Mechkouk cakes for example.