M'hencha (M'hanncha) is an exotic Moroccan Cake, also known as "snake cake" or "serpent cake" due to it's coiled form.
What to expect?
An exquisite taste journey to North Africa and back - choose between two flavours:
Citrus, Rosewater & Pistachio, fresh, fragrant and light: Almond frangipane with citrus notes of orange and lemon, followed by delicate hints of rose water that linger on the palate, wrapped in crisp brick pastry topped with icing sugar and pistachios. Serve cold or warm with a shot of coffee or a dollop of pistachio ice cream for a mouthwatering desert to delight the senses.
Orange Cinnamon & Date, punchy flavours of citrus, date and spice: Almond frangipane with orange, cinnamon and date wrapped in crisp brick pastry with a dusting of icing sugar and extra cinnamon. A true winter warmer, delicious gently warmed served with vanilla ice cream and an orange muscat dessert wine or golden bullace plum liqueur for a most decadent pud.
SHELF LIFE: I put a 7 day shelf life on my M’hencha as it is rather moist and the pastry starts to absorb the moisture making it slightly chewy if left for longer. I recommend freezing if not eating it straight away or freezing in portions if you re not going to eat it all. Freezing holds the texture, then defrosting, crisping/warming in the oven brings the M’hencha back to full crisp - it will be like you baked it yourself! Freezing and defrosting are instructions included in all M’hencha Parcels.
My versions of M'hencha are an amalgamation of 5 recipes from Algeria across to Morocco. They incorporate my favourite elements and flavours to create my unique take on this traditional Moroccan dessert. Please watch the video below for The Great Taste Judges views on the orange, cinnamon and date M'hencha:
M’hencha Citrus, Rosewater and Pistachio:
Almonds, Sugar, Butter, Rapeseed Oil, Salt, Whole Egg, Lemon Zest, Orange Zest, Rosewater, Pistachios Nuts and Brick Pastry (Wheat Flour, Water, Salt, Sunflower Oil, Soy Lecithin, Sorbic Acid, Calcium Propionate, Lactic Acid).
M’hencha Orange, Cinnamon & Date:
Almonds, Sugar, Butter, Sunflower Oil, Salt, Whole Egg, Orange Zest, Dates, Rice Flour, Cinnamon and Brick Pastry (Wheat Flour, Water, Salt, Sunflower Oil, Soy Lecithin, Sorbic Acid, Calcium Propionate, Lactic Acid).