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Moroccan Msamen (Mssamen) Marocain

مْسْمّْنْ  Moroccans living in the west known as "Gharbawa" excel at making all types of crepes and bread, including msamen, rghayef (fried msamen version), r'zatte l'quadi,  melwy, sfenj etc.. Msamen is extremely popular and can be found in all cities across the country, though not sure about the northern regions. Msamen is traditionally served during Ramadan or occasionally for breakfast and they are served with a sauce of butter-honey, or a mlou , jam, peanut butter, chocolate spread etc... Massaman can also be stuffed with anything, but most popular filling is minced meat and vegetables. Msamen is such a great treat anytime and when it is plain, you can freeze it if surprisingly there will be any left to freeze!  A well-made mssaman has up to 3 or 4 layers, and should slightly puff up during baking as it fills with air.  It raises by the steam trapped between layers of the dough and the use of fine semolina and butter helps as well to create those nice la

Beignets (Sweet Doughnuts or Donuts)/Beignets!

It is raining sugar! A few weeks ago, I had a hankering for french beignets, pronounced as (BAI-NYEE), a sugary pastry, very popular in Morocco as well.  Like North-American version doughnuts (donuts), beignets are a french puffy deep-fried pastry, circle-shaped, and without a hole, served hot, garnished with caster or icing sugar.  However, unlike North-American doughnuts, beignets tend to be very light and airy with a hollow centre cavity that is usually filled with jam,  crème patissière,  melted chocolate etc...... When the French and Spanish occupied Morocco, they introduced a wide variety of baked foods into the Kingdom as khringo, beignets, dairy products, elegant cakes, crêpes etc... these are only a few examples of European influences, which has contributed significantly to elaborate Moroccan style of cooking.  There is no doubt that the French cuisine, along with the Moroccan ingredients, all together,  makes an excellent gastronomic marriage, though Moroccan culina

Ramadan in Kingdom of Morocco ! What is Ramadan and when is Ramadan?

I often receive emails from my blog readers asking if it is ok to visit Morocco during Ramadan and what this celebration exactly means, and how long it lasts etc..., so I have decided to write this article to talk about Ramadan in Morocco, hoping it will be helpful and answer all your questions. Ramadan { R A M A T H A N } in classic Arabic and Ramdan { R A M D A N } in Moroccan Darija is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and the most sacred of the twelve months of the year. The month of Ramadan marks the anniversary of the revelation of the Quoran (also spelled as Coran or Koran)   to the Prophet Mohammed in the Cave of Hira.  During Ramadan, all Muslims around the world abstain from food and drink during the daylight hours. It is One (1) Month Celebratory Holiday, but there are also deeper spiritual meanings tied to this month.  Ramadan is not all about "Food" and "Drink", but it is an occasion that marks the beginning of the Month, during which a