Msemen take me right back to all those delicious Moroccan breakfasts I have enjoyed during my travels. You will always see them on the breakfast table, to be enjoyed with jam, honey (or syrup for vegans) and a cup of fresh mint tea.
Traditionally these delicious Msemen are full of butter (between every layer). For the vegan option I often just substitute this with olive oil, but in this recipe I used vegan butter instead. This does give it that extra richness. The recipe is for 6 small msemen, but you can make 2 large msemen with the same amounts.
In Morocco you can find Breakfast Msemen filled with cheese. Or savoury Msemen for afternoon snack. If you do wish to use any form of filling, just spread it over the dough before folding, and fold it with the filling.
I have to be honest this is not the ‘lightest’ breakfast you might find, but it is delicious and a great start of the day. So Enjoy!
Imagine yourself looking out over the atlas mountains while enjoying these Moroccan flatbreads. Please remember to add @haricoco1 to your instagram post, so we can inspire each other with our breakfast tables 😉
For other Moroccan breads, check out these recipes;
This Msemen recipe is part of my series; ‘Travels of taste‘. Where we use our taste buds to discover world dishes. Imagine to walk through the hustle & bustle of the souks, and discover the flavours Morocco has to offer. Check out my full Moroccan ‘travels of taste’ post; >>> Morocco – the flavours of the souks
Mix all the dry ingredients together and add the warm water (not hot).
Knead it into a nice dough and divide into 6 small balls (plum size), cover the dough balls with vegetable oil, and leave to rest for 15-20 minutes
Oil your hands and flatten the balls, with a rolling pin roll the dough as thin as possible. (shape is not so important at this moment round, or square-ish is okay)
Scatter some pieces of vegan butter over the thin dough, and sprinkle with a little semolina.
Start folding by folding 1/3 of the lower dough towards the middle, and repeat that with the 1/3 of the top part. (Now you have a long rectangle shape of three layers of dough)
Scatter again a little bit of butter and semolina over the dough.
Fold 1/3 from the right hands side towards the middle, and repeat this with 1/3 from the left-hand side. (Now you will have a small square shape)
Repeat this with all of the dough balls.
Heat a lightly oiled pan (non-stick), or plancha.
With your fingers or palms flatten the small squares into double sized squares. And fry in the hot pan, one by one, or if it fits two per pan.
Fry on both sides, until golden brown. The inside should still be chewy, but not raw.
Leave them on a baking paper while you finish all of them.
After a few minutes of cooling take the msemen in your hand, and flex it gently backwards and forwards, this helps separating the layers.
Serve straight away, with jam, honey, syrup, or even savoury!
This recipe is for 6 msemen approx. 8-10 cm (3-4inch) size. You can choose as well to make 1 or 2 large msemen. Sometimes the msemen are filled on the inside, with for example cheese (vegan cheese possible) , honey (maple for vegan), or any other syrup. Savoury once are often filled with a meat mixture.
Amount Per Serving:
% Daily Value*
Total Fat10.7 g
Saturated Fat 2.9 g
Trans Fat 0.07 g
Total Carbohydrate22.99 g
Dietary Fiber 0.93 g
Sugars 0.41 g
Vitamin A 0.0 %
Vitamin C 0.0 %
Calcium 0.54 %
Iron 2.02 %
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.