Nutty, crunchy, slightly floral and not overly sweet. An irresistible combination that makes stopping at just one of these Babouches or blighate nearly impossible!
For the July Muslim food bloggers challenge, we were asked to make a recipe in which honey is one of the key players in terms of flavor. I have already missed the past 2 MFB challenges and was determined not to miss this one!
At first I was going to make a kale salad with a honey mustard dressing (my go to lunch lately in our 44 C summer) but the bag of sesame seeds that my mum sent me a few months ago to make karakeesh was never put to good use and we’re leaving for a vacation in three weeks, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to use it up.
Babouches or blighate is dessert that is popular in Morocco and Algeria.It usually made to celebrate religious and social events like Ramadan , Eid, weddings,graduations..etc. The word Babouches actually means slippers! and it was used because these little crunchy sesame bites look like moroccan slippers. That being said, please don’t let the name put you off, these babouches are truly irresistible. As you may already know, I rarely fry anything but my Algerian friend always raves about these babouches and I have tried them on a number of occasions and I know they are truly worth the praise but up until now, I have never worked up the courage to make them at home because having a plate full of these on my kitchen counter was a temptation I did not want to face lol!
Honey and sesame babouches
- 2 cups sesame seeds
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons room temperature butter
- 2/3 cup orange blossom water
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup cold milk
- 1 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon orange blossom water