How to Fold Moroccan Briouats (Braewats) in a Triangular Shape

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    Set Up Your Work Area

    You'll need pastry, an egg yolk and butter. Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Briouats (braewats) are fried Moroccan pastries that might be stuffed with almonds, meat or seafood. The photos here will show you how to fold the briouats into triangles. (You can also fold if you prefer.)

    Once you've made the filling, set up a work area with your pastry dough, some melted butter, and a lightly beaten egg yolk.

    This photo shows Moroccan warqa, but you can also use phyllo dough (thick #10 phyllo sheets are best) or large flour-based frozen spring roll wrappers.

    A quick note...MORE about warqa: Try to purchase warqa only when you're ready to use it. It's fairly easy to handle while very fresh, but even a half day it becomes much more fragile and can break or tear when folding the briouats.

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    Cut the Dough Into Strips

    Cut the dough into strips. Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Cut the dough into strips approximately 2 to 2 ½ inches wide. If you're using Moroccan warqa, you'll need to carefully separate the layers of dough before cutting.

    These strips of warqa are about 12 inches long – long enough that only one layer of dough is needed for each briouat.

    If using smaller diameter warqa, you'll need two layers of dough for each briouat. If using thin phyllo dough, you'll need two long layers; if using thick phyllo dough, one long layer may be...MORE sufficient; if using spring roll paper, one 2 x 8 inch strip of dough should be enough.

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    Brush the Dough with Butter and Add the Filling

    Butter a strip of dough and add some filling. Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Take a long strip of warqa and brush butter on the bottom two-thirds. Add a large spoonful of filling about one inch from the bottom of the dough. This picture shows the filling for Seafood Briouats.

    If you're using phyllo or your strips of warqa are short, layer two strips of dough. If using large spring roll wrappers, one layer is enough.

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    Fold Up the Bottom of the Dough

    Fold up the bottom edge of dough. Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Fold up the bottom edge of the dough to enclose the filling. In this and the following step, be sure to scrunch the dough securely around the filling so that the filling won't come into direct contact with the oil during frying.

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    Begin Forming a Triangle

    Fold the bottom left corner up to align with the right edge of the dough. Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Fold the bottom left corner of the dough upwards and to the right, until it meets the right edge of the dough. Use your fingers to mold the dough around the filling to keep it enclosed as you fold.

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    A Triangle Begins to Form

    A triangle begins to take shape. Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Now you have your first "triangle."

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    Fold Triangle Up and to the Left

    Fold the bottom right corner up to the left edge of the dough. Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Hold the top right top corner of the triangle in place to keep the filling inside, and flip the bottom right corner up and to the left, until the triangle is aligned with the left edge of the strip of dough.

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    Continue Folding the Dough to the End of the Strip

    Continue folding – right and then left – until you reach the end of the dough. Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Now you should have a nice triangle.

    Continue folding the triangle – right and then left – until you reach the end of the dough. Each time you fold, you'll be flipping the bottom corner of the triangle up to the opposite edge of the dough.

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    Trim the End of the Dough and Tuck It In

    Trim the end of the dough and tuck in the flap. Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    When you've reached the end of the dough, trim the end of the dough to make a flap and dot the flap with a little egg yolk. Fold the flap and tuck it into the "pocket" formed by the open edge of dough.

    I use a dull knife or the tips of scissors to help tuck in the flap without breaking the warqa dough. If a little bit does tear, don't worry about it.

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    Folded Briouat

    Briouats ready for frying. Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Here's what the folded briouat should look like. If you look carefully at the front briouat, you can see how the flap you trimmed in the previous step is tucked in.

    Proceed with either frying or cover the briouats with plastic and refrigerate until ready to fry. If not cooking until the next day or later, freeze the briouats in a plastic container or plastic freezer bag.