Snake Cake with Almond Paste Recipe
Snake Cake with Almond Paste
Flavors of Morocco
Total time: 30 to 60 minutes

Prep. time: 15 minutes
Oven temperature: 180° C (350° F)
Baking time: 30 minutes

Difficulty: Easy
Chef's Note

This spectacular Moroccan pastry is actually a roll of phyllo pastry that is wound up to look like a coiled snake. Filled with almond paste and flavored with orange flower water, it’s a pure delight.

For 16 servings

- 8 sheets of Phyllo or Filo
- 125 ml (1/2 cup) melted butter
- 2 tbsp. cinnamon
- 1 large egg, beaten
- Icing sugar

Almond paste
- 500 ml (2 cups) finely ground Almonds
- 125 ml (1/2 cup) icing sugar
- 1 tbsp. orange flower water
- 65 ml (1/4 cup) melted butter
- 1 egg yolk, beaten
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Making the almond paste

  1. in a bowl, combine all the almond paste ingredients to make a smooth creamy paste;
  2. divide into 10 small balls; freeze for 10 minutes;
  3. roll each ball into a small sausage about 10 cm (4”) long; freeze again.

Making the pastry

  1. place two sheets of phyllo pastry on a work surface, folding them to form a 10 x 50 cm (4 x 20”) rectangle; brush with hot melted butter; cover with two more sheets of pastry and brush again with butter;
  2. place 5 almond paste “sausages” on the edge of the pastry nearest you; roll the pastry up tightly, sealing the ends;
  3. repeat the process with the remaining 4 sheets of phyllo and 5 almond paste “sausages”;
  4. coil up each of the rolls into a large spiral;
  5. place on a buttered floured baking sheet; brush with the egg yolk, beaten with a few drops of water and half of the cinnamon;
  6. bake in a preheated 180° C (350° F) oven for 20 minutes or until golden; gently turn over onto another buttered baking sheet and continue baking for 5 to 10 minutes or until the other side is nicely browned;
  7. remove from the oven and let cool; sprinkle with icing sugar and the remaining cinnamon and serve.
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