I have always had a fascination with food from other cultures. I guess I love when there is a story behind a particular dish or that a recipe has been passed down through a family. Mediterranean cuisine is one of my absolute favourites.
So the other night Jamie Oliver’s “Food Escapes” was on and he was traveling through Morocco. I initially got an incredible feeling of jealousy, wishing that I could be in Morocco walking through their amazing markets and eating the local street food. Then I was intrigued. Then I was inspired. Then I wanted to make everything he had just spoken about. Too bad if I didn’t have a tagine, I would make do.
During the episode Jamie made an amazing looking dessert that reminds me very much of Baklava, called M’Hanncha. Now, I love Baklava, mum would make a huge tray of Baklava every now and then. But the M’hanncha looked wonderful. Beautifully presented, and the perfect contradiction of smooth ‘almond paste’ and crunchy filo pastry. I guess you could call this the Moroccan version of Baklava… Or maybe Baklava is the Greek version of M’hanncha…?
I’ve altered Jamie’s recipe a lot but his video on how to make the cake is fantastic! Have a quick look and you will know the process of making M’hannchas in a pinch. I don’t know about you but I love watching Jamie cook, he is so passionate and excitable. Skip the video to the 3 minute mark for the M’hanncha recipe.