Snack

Tunisian Samsa

Samsa is a triangular pastry with nuts (almonds mostly) and honey, prepared especially for Eid el-Fitr. It is consumed both in Tunisia and in Algeria.

It is often prepared from brik leaf (or filo pastry). After frying or baking, the samsa are soaked in a syrup made from honey and orange blossom water and then sprinkled with sesame seeds.

Unfortunately, it is a very sweet and has lots of sugar. People that have medical conditions (such as diabetes) are unable to eat it, neither people adapting a healthy lifestyle.

It can be shameful to not be able to enjoy these delights, but the good news, solutions can be there, and it is possible to do so with some ingredients swapping and some ingredients change. I tried this recipe, and it was amazing. This recipe has no added refined sugar. Hope you enjoy it too!

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Tunisian Samsa
An adapted version of the Tunisan delight Samsa. You can enjoy it with coffee, as dessert or as a snack.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Tunisian
Prep Time 30 min
Cook Time 15 min
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Tunisian
Prep Time 30 min
Cook Time 15 min
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients and make them as paste.
  2. Cut your filo sheets in stripes, while being careful as it breaks fast
  3. Brush the filo stripes with oil or the butter, put a small piece of the dates and nuts paste on the edge of the filo stripes, and fold. This is one way, otherwise you can make the original triangle shape
  4. Align them on an oven tray, and brush them with oil or the butter.
  5. Bake in warm oven (160°C), for 15min-20min while watching the cooking carefully because they must have a nice golden color above and below.
  6. As soon as they are out of the oven, pour the cold syrup mixture on top of all pieces. I personally put them in different recipient, to allow the syrup spread evenly between the pieces. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  7. Let them fully cool down, and store them in a covered container in the fridge. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

For how to make dates paste and the honey syrup, check out the recipe here https://coach.lamiaelloumi.com/recipe/tunisian-makroudh/

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