Mlabes: These little mouthfuls of delight are a delectable Tunisian (and Algerian) almond cookie enrobed in meringue icing. The epitome (at least in my opinion) of oriental patisserie. The name means clothes in Arabic, and these beauties are dressed in their finest. I had intended on trying out a mould to create more uniform cookies, but it didn't arrive in time so these are hand formed and slightly more rustic ;))
150g ground almonds
50g granulated sugar
Orange blossom water (or rose water if you prefer)
Grind the pistachios and sugar until you have a fine powder then mix with the almonds. Add orange blossom water slowly until you have a workable dough. Roughly knead and leave for 30 minutes (not essential but makes the dough less likely to crack). Most recipes call for egg white but I find this works just fine. Take a small piece of almond paste and roll into a ball, repeat with the rest of the paste then bake in a cool oven for 30 minutes. The middle remains soft, you just want to create a crisp exterior. Allow to cool completely.
For the icing I use canned chickpea liquid (#aquafaba) as an egg white substitute. Use around 80ml (an average can yields around 120ml so you have more than enough to thin some houmous as well as make icing!) to 400g icing sugar. Whisk until frothy as you would with egg white and then add the sugar. I flavour and colour batches - for these ones white is flavoured with geranium, pink with jasmine and mauve with violet. Leave plain if you prefer. Dip the cookies in the icing and leave them to dry, traditionally they are decorated with diamonds of edible gold or silver foil, I used sliced pistachios and crystalised violet petals. While these are not up to the standard of the legendary Madame Masmoudi in appearance (@PatisserieMasmoudi) they taste divine and are perfect with a glass of tea or coffee ☄ #Vegetarian #Vegan #HomeBaking #Baking #NorthAfricanFood #TunisianFood #CuisineTunisienne #TunisianSweets #TunisianPatisserie #PatisserieTunisienne #TunisianFoodies #AlgerianPatisserie #PatisserieOrientale #Patisserie #Mlabes #Almonds #Pistachio #Amande #Pistache #Floral #ملابس #Cakes #Dessert #FoodPorn #Delicate