Fried Honey Orange Puff in Sesame, a Moroccan Dessert

Halwa Chabakiah, anyone...?

Receiving a big envelope addressed to me from my sister few days ago made me jump in the four corners of the house. For I knew exactly what was inside. It doesn’t enclose letters nor do photos from my family, for we constantly communicate through email. It was something else that I have been waiting for a long time.

Before I left Philippines long time ago I was enrolled in a Masteral degree program in my university but my several stints abroad and eventual circumstance to settle in France have hampered me in finishing that. Several deans come and go and my thesis remained the way I left it. When I received the news that all my classmates have all graduated even the one we least expected it was like a knife that hit me hurting me so badly. I knew I couldn’t just leave it like that. So three years ago I decided that no distance could stop me from finishing what I started. And I made it. Last year was my graduation day but I begged off to travel to Philippines due to my pregnancy. And early this year when I was there we have completely forgotten to talked about it for we were too occupied about my dad’s deteriorating health condition.

So, when I opened the envelope, I saw : there was my Masteral degree diploma. I felt like a heroine in any soap opera feeling triumphant after kicking the ass of all the villains. And the bonus part; I even graduated with distinction, Yay! Well how shall I describe it? I am just simply happy :-)

I know I merit a big chocolate cake for that but this simple and easy Moroccan dessert is a delicious replacement!

I am sending this to lovely Ruth of Ruth's Kitchen Experiments the creator of Bookmarked Recipes. Round-up is every Monday!



Angel's Finger(D'oigt d'Ange) Halwa Chabakia

This recipe is taken from the Oriental Patisserie cookbook from Librio. Halwa Chabakia are pastry dough like soft pretzels deep fried in oil. Best eaten with mint teas.

for about 20-25 pieces

125 g of butter (about 1 1/2 stick of butter)
50 g of flour
1 tablespoon of sugar
A pinch of salt
1 sachet of dry yeast (about one teaspoon)
15 cl of orange blossom water (about half a glass)
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
Zest of one lemon
1 egg
1 glass of warm water
A pinch of saffron
Oil for frying

100 g of honey
20 cl of orange blossom water (about a glass)
2 tablespoons of sesame seeds

In a bowl mix the flour, sugar, salt and dry yeast. Make a small well in the middle and pour your melted butter, orange 15 cl of blossom water, lemon juice, orange zest and your egg. Let your saffron infuse in your warm water. Add this water little by little to your dough as you work on it. You need not to add all the water, you will stop until you reach a smooth homogenous texture. Put a flour on your working table and flatten your dough. Make small rectangular shapes of 10x6 cm of about 1mm of thickness.

how to fold them: Fold inwards the longest sides. Then turn it over fold again inwards the two sides to form this finger like shape. Put them one by one in your boiling oil and fry them for about 5-6 minutes until they are golden brown. Combine your honey with your orange blossom water and mix them well. You will dip your fried pastry on this syrup once cooked. And sprinkle them with sesame seeds before serving.

I am warning you this is extremy delicious!

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I am not sure that Halwa Chabakiah is the real name of this dessert, for that's the closest one I googled up.

You can also try:

Beignets, French Donuts



35 comments:

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow looks really yummmmmmmmmmmmy.

hot garlic said...

You had me at FRIED! These sound great! And look even better.

mikky said...

congratulations for finally receiving your diploma... :) cheers to you!!! and the angel's finger looks so good... oh dear... i badly want to taste them...

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate the completion of your degree! I've never seen these pastries, but I do a lot of Moroccan tagine cooking and they would make a wonderful dessert for any meal.

Ning said...

Congratulations! Wow! What is your specialization?

I was going to make mint tea, because of my new mint plants, and here you have the perfect snack to go with it! :)

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Congratulations on getting your diploma my dear!
I think this is probably my favourite recipe from your blog! I don't know if I'll be able to resist the temptation of making it. My mouth is literaly watering!

Makis said...

Congrats ati! We have more to celebrate! When???

chriesi said...

Congratulations! These look delicious!

Manggy said...

Congratulations my dear! You are now a master: I mean, moreso than before! ;)
I thought the halwa was chicken when I first looked at it, hee hee :) But I'm sure it tasted delicious!

Fearless Kitchen said...

These look delicious! Congratulations on finally receiving your diploma. I won't tell you what happened to mine - suffice it to say it won't be displayed on the wall :)

Salt N Turmeric said...

Big congratulations on receiving your degree! ;)

mikky said...

BTW,I was tagged by Ning of Heart & Hearth, so I hope you don’t mind, but I’m tagging you… I would love to hear what you have to say…

Thanks…

http://myfinds-mikky.blogspot.com/2008/09/im-tagged.html

Nazarina A said...

I love to visit your "home." I feel so welcome with all those lovely scrumptious offerings you serve with my tea LOL!

Leslie said...

Congrats my SMART friend! You better get a pretty frame and hang it up on the wall!!!!

_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver said...

Congratulations! What's your Master's degree in?

Shari said...

Congratulations!! That looks like a decadent, delicious dessert to celebrate with!

Adam said...

Congrats on your new Masterhood :) Is the degree in some kind of teaching? I know that's what you like to do. It takes a talker to know a talker, right?

The dessert looks awesome. It's like an orange, sweet, pretzel. I bet they are super addictive. I wonder what the remedy could be... I guess just eat more :)

daphne said...

That looks gorgeous!!!

and congratulations with your masters!!I totally get what u mean about the thesis part. Well done!!!

Passionate About Baking said...

Good for you girl...great way to celebrate too. Sometimes an alternative to chocolate cake is wonderful...& this is just so!!

Bridgett said...

A big congratulations on your masters. That is quite an accomplishment! With this delicious dessert I think you should add Master Baker to your list of accomplishments!

Dawn said...

Oh yes a big congrats. What an accomplishment. These deep friend goodies are insanely good looking. I would eat way too many of these--I can only imagine how good they must taste.

Lori Lynn said...

Congratulations on your awesome achievement. Your Moroccan dessert, a fine way to celebrate. It looks amazing!

linda said...

Congratulations on your degree! Job well done!
And the celebratory fried honey and orange puffs look delicious! I can use some right now with my tea...yum!

Zita said...

Congrats with your diploma dear, your a superwoman ;)
still waitng for you chocolate cake posting, I know also the celebration just couldn't stop at halawa shabake ;)

Ann said...

Congrats, my dear!

maybelle's mom said...

congratulations. you are so talently I am sure you did brilliantly on your thesis.

tigerfish said...

It is so dangerous it hurts! Ouch, I can't have it!

haze said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Another thing to really celebrate and hey bring some of this, I am tempted ! When are we picnicking ?

diva said...

i think i might've eaten this once..but i swear it didn't look as pretty as this!

Ruth E said...

Dhanggit what perfect little treats, they sound so tasty!

Thanks for sending this to bookmarked recipes!

Zen Chef said...

Congratulations on your degree!! you do deserve a big chocolate cake. Hurray to you!

And that Moroccan delicacy is mesmerizing. I had it before and i like it. I wish i could have a tiny little piece right now. :-)

Jennifer Moore said...

Congratulations on your degree!!!

Jude said...

Ooh deep fried pretzels. I think pretzels are kind of dry. Frying should solve that problem

Rosie said...

Congratulations to you dearest Dhanggit! What a great way to celebrate with your yummy treats :D

Rosie x

andaluss said...

Look really yummy...but I think you have to try the authentic stuff.
I have the recipe on my blog, if you are interested :)