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Tunisian sweets

Discussion in 'Tunisian Recipes and Cooking' started by TunisiaNews, Apr 4, 2006.

  1. TunisiaNews

    TunisiaNews Guest

    I had some tunisian sweets recently and they were delicious! They were squares of brown sweet biscuity type stuff with a nutty taste. Can anyone tell me what they are called and how they are made?
  2. Mak

    Mak Active Member

    RE: Tunisian sweets

    Hi there,

    I'm not really sure but i think it's "Makrouth" it's a square sweet cookie let say and it's brown, inside of it there's a pasta of a sweet sticky brown fruit that grows on a tree called a date palm. So if the sweets you have, have inside date, then it's "Makrouth" and those sweets are especially made in Kairouan in Tunisia, for many years now Kairouan is known by those sweets...


  3. TunisiaNews

    TunisiaNews Guest

    RE: Tunisian sweets

    Those look delicious:D
  4. Kris

    Kris Administrator Staff Member

    RE: Tunisian sweets

    I like the lighter ones covered in honey/sugar I love Tunisian sweets and cake hence why I am fatter every time I go to Tunisia. When you go to tunisia you should always bring some of these back with you as good sweet shops are in most towns and they make a lovely gift for parties and offices alike.

    My favourite sweet shop is.

    Bizerte Centre

    It is right in the middle of the town near a supermarket they do cakes and coffe also.

    Tel 00 2590728
    FAX 00 2590188
  5. Mak

    Mak Active Member

    RE: Tunisian sweets

    I really like the sweets in Tunisia ... delicious and good :)
    The Makrouth is very very delicious when it's just made ... warm :) very nice :)

  6. Hank

    Hank New Member

    RE: Tunisian sweets

    Them sweets look great, going to try and find some of them when I visit.
  7. denise

    denise New Member

    Every time I go to Kasserine on the bus I am either given some of these sweets by the young lad at the shop or I buy them. They are lovely. But watch they are made fresh and no flies in them!!!!!!
  8. pej

    pej New Member

    My husband always buys a kilo or two for me to bring home when we go to Kairouan. My friend makes these herself, here's her recipe:


    1.5kg very fine semolina,750gm dates ,3/4 litre sugar syrup,1/4 litre honey,oil for frying,1/2 teaspoon cinnamon,1teaspoon fine salt,1/2 tablespoon of ground orange peel,1 pinch saffron,1pinch bicarbonate of soda.

    mix semolina with salt saffron and bicarbonate make a well in the middle and poor in 2 decilitres of warm oil,mix rapidly with just enough water to make a homogenous and firm paste, allow to rest for 30 mins. meanwhile
    stone the dates add one decilitre of oil , cinnamon and orange powder and mix to smooth paste , break off pieces and work with hands into sausage shapes approx thickness of index finger.

    prepare sugar syrup, and dilute honey into it.

    take ball of pastry roll out to 1cm thick and 8-10cm wide place finger of date paste in the middle fold paste around this and form a sausage with the join underneath flatten with your hands and cut into desired shape nomally a losenge.
    continue until pastry is finished keeping made losenges on and oiled tray.

    in a frying pan heat oil to 180c approx fry makrouth on both sides until cooked through and dark golden brown drain and plunge in surgar and honey syrup,serve or place in container to keep for up to 1 mth.
  9. ammulu

    ammulu New Member

    It looks mouth-watering :p and delightful. I wish to taste it immediately to know how delicious it is.
  10. fiona

    fiona New Member

    I must say that those look very delicious and I will have to note those down to look for when I go out dining.
  11. Essem

    Essem Administrator Staff Member

    I really like the sweets similar to Turkish delight but with pistachio and coconut- don't know what they are called!
  12. tater03

    tater03 New Member

    My husbands wife makes these a couple time a year and he always brings me some home. Thanks for the recipe. I will have to try to make some of my own.
  13. ROULLA

    ROULLA Super Moderator Staff Member

    Hi Tatero3,

    Hope that you are in good health !
    sorry who makes these cakes, as you said my husbands wife, did you mean his ex wife or is he married to more than one women as im confused...............:)
  14. tater03

    tater03 New Member

    Boy do I feel like a dunce. I meant to say a wife of one of the people my husband works with. My husband better not have another wife. lol
  15. katharina

    katharina Banned

    Eeeew, flies! Well that could certainly ruin a good dessert, couldn't it? How do you tell if they are made fresh? Is there a way to visually see that or do you just ask?
  16. ROULLA

    ROULLA Super Moderator Staff Member

  17. Essem

    Essem Administrator Staff Member

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    Delicious dark and light Makrouth from the well known 'Makroudh Omrani' in Kairouan
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  18. Essem

    Essem Administrator Staff Member

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  19. Jane BM

    Jane BM Moderator Staff Member

    Ooh they look sooooo lovely.....sugar heaven eh!!! Aymen was thrilled when we found an authentic Greek takeaway that did Greek desserts which are very similar...so we stocked up..lol
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  20. salim

    salim Well-Known Member

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