Mouna is a delicious citrus-flavoured brioche from the Oran region of Algeria.

It origins are much disputed, but it was no doubt inspired by a brioche brought over by Spanish immigrants from the Valencia region: the "Mona de Pascua".

However, it is also amusing to remember that the citizens of Oran used to enjoy their Sunday picnics, with brioche as the dessert, near to Fort Lamoune, so...
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For 2 Mounas, you will need:

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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 5 min.
Melt 200 g butter in a small pan on low heat, or in the microwave.

Leave to cool to room temperature.

Stage 2 - 7 min.
Put into a mixer bowl: 500 g flour, 100 g Egg, 125 g Milk (really cold), 25 g orange flower water, 10 g fine (or table) salt, 12 g yeast, 150 g leaven and 100 g caster sugar.

Stage 3 - 15 min.
Knead together for 7 minutes on minimum speed, then 7 more minutes on the next speed up.

Note: For the best way to knead, see: A few tips for effective kneading at home.

Stage 4 - 5 min.
Go back to the slowest speed, then gradually trickle in the butter.

Stage 5
Knead until the butter is completely mixed in.

Stage 6 - 3 min.
Finish by grating the zest of 1 orange and 1 lemon into the mixture and knead for a further 2 minutes to mix in.

Stage 7 - 2 hours
Gather the dough into a ball and transfer to a large, clean bowl. Cover with a plastic sheet and leave to rest at room temperature for 2 hours.

Stage 8 - 12 hours
Divide the dough into lumps of about 800 g and shape into balls.

Sit these on a baking sheet, cover with a plastic sheet and leave to rest in the fridge overnight.

Stage 9 - 5 min.
Next day, reshape each ball and put into a tall non-stick tin or mould. Cover with a plastic sheet.

Stage 10 - 3 hours
Leave to rise in a warm place for 3 hours.

Stage 11 - 2 min.
After this, preheat the oven to 360°F (180°C).

Glaze the top of the brioche using a brush.

Stage 12 - 2 min.
Cut a cross into the top with scissors.

Stage 13 - 2 min.
Then scatter pearl sugar granules over.

Stage 14 - 45 min.
Bake for about 45 minutes.

Stage 15
Turn out while hot and leave to cool on a wire rack.
If you don't have leaven, use soured dough, if possible.
Several days in a cloth bag.
Loosely based on a recipe by Thomas Marie, award-winning French baker..
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
4,304 Kcal or 18,020 Kj83 gr602 gr195 gr
215 %32 %57 %30 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
277 Kcal or 1,160 Kj5 gr39 gr13 gr
14 %2 %4 %2 %
Per piece
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,152 Kcal or 9,010 Kj42 gr301 gr97 gr
108 %16 %28 %15 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Milk, Gluten, Egg
How much will it cost?
  • For 2 Mounas : 4.59 €
  • Per Mouna : 2.30 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
FlourFlour: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Corsican tarts, Pink Reims biscuits, Grapefruit moelleux, Fougasse with bacon and Comté, Strawberry and rhubarb crumble, ... All
ButterButter: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Fish "à la Bordelaise", Caramelized apple and walnut cake, Caramelized apple rice pudding, Naan, Citrus tart, ... All
MilkMilk: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Dublin fruit scones, Clafoutis batter, Ciabatta, Doughnuts, Pesto crackers, ... All
EggEgg: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Pancake batter, Naan, Lime meringue tart, Toasted-flour biscuits, Lemon and grated apple tart, ... All
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