Algerian Kaak is very popular from East to West of Algeria and in North Africa in general. Each city has it’s own recipe and flavor, and this one is the one from Algiers!
Serves 12 crowns
- 500g of plain flour
- 2 eggs
- 125g of of granulated white sugar
- 100ml of sunflower oil
- 11g of dry instant yeast
- 8g of baking powder
- 1 tablespoon of fennel seeds
- 1 tablespoon of anise seeds
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 50ml of warm milk
- Sesame seeds
- 1 egg yolk
- In a bowl or a KitchenAid, add the flour, the yeast, the baking powder and the sugar and start to knead.
- Add the eggs, one at a time and continue to knead.
- Pour the sunflower oil and continue to knead.
- Add the lemon zest the fennel seeds and the anise seeds and knead again.
- Pour slowly the milk and knead until you obtain a sticky dough.
- Flour a clean surface and roll your dough into a long log.
- Cut into long sticks of 15 centimeters length and 3 centimeters wide then join the two ends to form a crown.
- Flour a cookie pan and add your crowns on the top.
- Leave to rise for 1 hour.
- With a knife cut the edges of each crown be careful don’t cut the crown.
- Brush the crowns with 1 egg yolk and sprinkle with a few sesame seeds.
- Preheat the oven to 180 C degrees and bake for 30 minutes or when the crowns are golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cook for 15 minutes (the smell is delicious).
The fennel seeds and the anise seeds give a very fragrant cake and I always enjoy my Kaak with a late.
The Kaak is traditionally served into ‘raffia baskets’