Griwech | Algerian Pastry

The reason I joined the Daring challenges was so that I could learn more about different types of everything. I like to research what we are meant to be making, and find an unusual or different recipe to the one we are presented with in the challenge. This is so that the world is not inundated with the same recipe from hundreds of people, all in one day. While researching griwech I discovered that these sweet treats form part of a group of pastries including baklava. Griwech are deep fried, and it is the shape that gives them their name. One site I found informed the reader to shape the griwech by watching someone do it in front of you! Well, I don’t have any Algerian friends living close to me and in South Africa, our deep fried pastry treats are koeksisters. But, I gather you can make any shape and as long as the pastry is fried, and then soaked in honey, they can be called griwech. I might be wrong about this, so please if someone knows better, feel free to correct me. I chose to use a cookie cutter to make my griwech shapes as this was the easiest option for me. These sweet treats were enjoyed by everyone who tried them.

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Griwech | Algerian Pastry

Recipe Category: Dessert, Sweets
Makes enough for: 1 batch Griwech
All Rights Reserved: an original recipe from Lavender and Lime


for the pastry

  • 15 mls orange flower water
  • 3 strands saffron
  • 500 g flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1.25 mls fine salt
  • 5 mls baking powder
  • 25 g sesame seeds, finely ground
  • 125 g butter, melted
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 60 mls cold water

for frying

  • 500 mls canola oil

for soaking

  • 280 g honey
  • 5 mls orange flower water


for the pastry

  • Place the orange flower water and saffron into a small container and set aside
  • Place the flour,salt, baking powder and ground sesame seeds into a food processor
  • Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs
  • Add the egg, orange flower water and water
  • Mix until a dough forms
  • Turn out onto a lightly floured surface
  • Knead lightly into a ball and divide into 4
  • Roll out each portion until nice and thin
  • Cut out shapes - traditionally you cut a rectangle, and then 3 slits into the rectangle and shape them, but I used a cookie cutter

for frying

  • Place the oil into a heavy bottomed sauce pan
  • Heat to 150° Celsius on a medium to high temperature
  • Fry the pastry in batches for 2 minutes, turning them over half way through
  • Remove from the oil and dry on paper towel

for soaking

  • Place the honey and orange flower water into a small sauce pan
  • Heat over a low temperature
  • Soak the pastry in batches in the honey
  • Remove and allow to drip dry on a wire rack
  • Remove from the rack before cold


To grind your sesame seeds, place them into a clean spice grinder. If you don't have a thermometer to measure the temperature of the oil drop a small ball of the dough into the oil. If bubbles form around it, the oil is hot enough.

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Blog checking lines: For the July daring cooks challenge, Kouky from “Cuisine à 4 mains“, challenged us to make Griwech, a popular Algerian dessert that is a full flavoured delicacy that has both a melt-in-the-mouth and a crispy texture

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33 thoughts on “Griwech | Algerian Pastry

  1. I love the idea of using the cookie cutter. It makes the recipe a little bit easier and has a great presentation. Very nice job Tandy.

  2. 5 stars
    Yum! These look so fancy and delectable, while still being so easy to make! These look absolutely delicious! Great share, Tandy!

  3. Looks delicious Tandy, my Italian mother-in law makes something similar to this and we all look forward to it around the holidays!

  4. These pastries look super yummy Tandy. Eek! Saffron! The price of which makes me want to cry :(.

  5. The great thing about TDB is discovering other blogs who participate, great blog. And love how cute your griwech turned out.

  6. Pastry flavored with orange water and saffron and fried and soaked in honey sounds pretty heavenly, Tandy!

  7. I believe there’s a special cutter for the traditional griwech, at least that’s what my Algerian friend told me. Having said that, I have seen them in different shapes for those who don’t have the cutter and wanted to make life simple.
    Doesn’t really matter, they are delicious in any shape or fashion, and besides they have orange blossom water, no need for anything else 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for the visit! I am not sure I would buy the cutter for a once off, but if I made these often it would be a great investment 🙂

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