Almond Mhencha Pastry / محنشة باللوز – CookingWithAlia – Episode 414


Hi This is Alia! Remember the homemade almond paste we made? Well, today we’re going to use it for another Moroccan cookie called Mhencha. Mhencha literally means coiled like a snake because this pastry looks like a coiled snake But today we’re going to cut it in a little pieces because it’s much easier to eat. So, let’s start! You will need pastilla dough or Phyllo dough butter, vegetable oil, 1 egg, honey, almond paste and ground cinnamon First, let’s prepare the ingredients. Mix the almond paste with the ground cinnamon. In a saucepan, on medium heat, melt the butter and the vegetable oil together then place in a bowl. Break the egg into a small bowl an beat with a fork. On your workstation, drizzle a little bit of the butter-oil mixture split the almond paste into two and roll each portion into a log about the thickness of your thumb. Place a pastilla leaf into your work station. If you are using large pastille, fold it into two. If your pastille leaf is small, superpose one on top of the other. Place an almond paste log on the pastille dough edge closest to you. Drizzle a little bit of the butter-oil mixture on the pastille dough. Fold the side edges on the pastilla dough over the almond paste rod and roll the pastilla dough along with the almond paste, as if you were rolling a carpet. Brush the top the pastille roll with the egg wash Do the same for the other almond paste log. Cut the rolls into bite size pieces, but you don’t have to cut all the way through. The rolls should still hold their shapes together. Place the rolls in a buttered baking pan. Bake in a preheated oven to 400 F / 200 C for 15 minutes or until the rolls get a beautiful golden color. As soon as your remove the rolls from the oven, drizzle honey on top of them. Slice and separate the bite size pieces and place them in small paper cups Let the Mhencha pieces cool completely before serving! Bon appetite

25 thoughts on “Almond Mhencha Pastry / محنشة باللوز – CookingWithAlia – Episode 414

  1. فين غبرتي علينا و شكرا على التقديم المبسط للمحنشة كباقي الوصفات الله يعطيك الصحة و ننتظر المزيد

  2. Salam Alia, I like realy your recept. Is it also posibble to put some video's in Arabic langue. We live in Belgium en speak Vlamisch. We are also from Marocco.

  3. Oooh that's super news! Incha'allah. Thx for your answer. I'll take a look on your link that you send me. Chokran.

  4. Alia although you have spoken about why you chose Amit, but we need to know his side of the story too!. . What attracted him to you? 🙂 🙂

  5. Great video sis! What am I to do with the left over phyllo dough? I don't like wasting it but read I shouldn't re-freeze it. And if left alone it'll dry up

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