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Algerian Mchewek - My Traditional Family Recipe!

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“Mchewek are small balls of mainly almond filling which are moist and slightly chewy on the inside while crisp on the outside. Simple to make but incredibly delicious...”
READY IN:
27mins
YIELD:
30 small ball shaped cakes
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 cups ground almonds (ground in food processor) or 3 cups desiccated coconut (ground in food processor)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 small eggs (approx)
  • 1 12 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder or 12 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 cup chopped sliced almonds (to roll onto) or 12 cup desiccated coconut
  • glace cherries, to decorate

Directions

  1. Put ground almonds or coconut, baking powder, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl and mix well (traditionally with your hand). Slowly incorporate the eggs until a firm paste has been achieved.
  2. Make small balls from the dough - slightly larger than a malteser or olive. Roll each ball in the chopped flaked almonds or coconut and coat well.
  3. Place the mchewek balls on a baking sheet which has been greased and lightly floured. Put 1/4 a glace cherry on the top in the centre of each mchewek.
  4. Cook in a preheated oven at 170c for approximately 12 minutes or until almonds have turned a pale golden colour.
  5. Allow to cool before placing in small bun/sweet cases (optional).

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