Desserts, Middle Eastern

Khobz El-Tunis Recipe (Sweet Tunisian Bread)

Khobz El-tunis

Khobz El-tunis

I love this recipe. Khobz El-tunis translates to “The Bread of Tunis”. This is an Algerian variation of a common recipe of a sweet cake enjoyed in Tunis. My Professor showed us an authentic Tunisian cookbook in our class last semester and since I have been dying to try a variation of this recipe for her to taste. My lovely Algerian friend taught me a variation of the authentic Khobz El-Tunis recipe about 2 years ago but I never had any reason to try it on my own. As my lovely Arabic language professor has invited us to lunch tomorrow, I wanted to bring a treat of my own for everyone to try!


  • 2 cups ground almonds (use almonds with skin)
  • 2 cups dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup sugar

    All dry ingredients

    Ground almonds, dry breadcrumbs, & sugar

  • 7 eggs
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • Zest of 1 lemon or lime

Ingredients for Simple Syrup:

    • 2 cups water
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 3 tbs. orange blossom water
This is about the size which you should process your almonds.

This is about the size which you should process your almonds.

Process for Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Ground almonds in a food processor
  3. Combine ground almonds, breadcrumbs, baking powder, and sugar in a large bowl
  4. Melt butter. When butter is cooled, but not solidified, add to the above ingredients
  5. Add eggs and lemon zest
  6. Mix all the ingredients in the bowl together
  7. Pour into a baking tray preferably 9″ x 13″
  8. Place in oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes until golden brown

Process for Simple Syrup:

  1. Bring 2 cups water & 2 cups sugar with 3 tablespoons orange blossom water to a boil. Stir often. 
Orange blossom water--who don't love it?

Orange blossom water–who don’t love it? Stir this often!!

Combining Simple Syrup and Cake:

  1.  When cake is golden brown, remove from oven 
  2. Pour half of the simple syrup onto the cake. The cake will immediately absorb the simple syrup
  3. Let cake sit for another 20 minutes and add remainder of simple syrup
  4. After another 20 minutes you are free to cut your cake and voila!
  5. Enjoy your little piece of Tunisian sweetness!


Before going into the oven

Getting ready to get baked!!


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