This is a very popular Moroccan pastry. Though its shape is reminiscent of a crescent, it actually represents a gazelle horn, hence its name. Filled with almond paste and flavoured with orange flower water, they are a pure delight,.
We offer three versions which two are plant-based and
sweetened ONLY with our homemade paste date (see below recipe)
YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE BAKING PROCESS OF THE GAZELLE HORNS
- Kaab El Ghazal rolled in a thin crisp pastry
- The success of this recipe lies in the dough that must be extremely thin. This dough that makes or breaks Gazelle Horns must be perfectly smooth and flexible enough to be rolled as thin as a sheet of paper and especially without any puncture. And it must strongly adhere to the almond paste.
- Prepare the dough and let rest all night.
- The almond paste, should be not to dry not too oily.
- Another very important step: the resting stage. Indeed, after filling the dough with the almond paste, the Gazelle Horns should rest for 15 to 20 hours at room temperature before being baked and this is what will allow the dough to adhere very well and will avoid any puncture during cooking.
- Don't forget to prick the gazelle horns with a needle before baking them.
- Kaab El Ghazal rolled in sesame seeds or sliced almonds
These two versions of gazelle horns are vegan filled with almonds and sweetened with our homemade date paste, very healthy & tasty!
The first version can also be sweetened with date paste if requested.
WE MAKE OUR OWN DATE PASTE
Our date paste is made from scratch. I have tried using pited dates however I noticed that the date paste taste better when they have their pites; it's more work but it is worth it!
Recipe for 500g of dates
- Steam the dates; remove the pites and save the water;
- Puree the dates in a blender add water that you have previously collected
- Add 1 to 2 Tbsp of orange blossom water.
- A pinch of nutmeg, until they attain a paste-like consistency;
You can freeze or just refrigerate them in a small bags or you can prepare your own energy balls that you will eat over the week.