boussou la tmessou
Boussou Latemessou
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
Boussou latemessou (kiss him but do not touch him) is a traditional Algerian pastry prepared with sesame seeds, lemon and orange blossom water.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Algerian, North African, Vegetarian
Servings: 60 pieces
Author: Vera Abitbol
  • 1 cup butter , soft (not melted)
  • cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ cup cornstarch
  • Zest of 3 lemons
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 cup sesame seeds , toasted
  • 4 cups flour (more or less)
For the icing
  1. In a stand mixer or in a bowl, beat the soft butter and sugar for 2 minutes.

  2. Add the yolks one by one and then the whole egg, cornstarch, baking powder, sesame seeds, zest and lemon juice.
  3. Mix well and then gradually add the flour to obtain a non-sticky dough. Let the dough rest for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 320 F.
  5. On a floured surface, shape ropes of dough of approximately 1 inch in diameter and cut diamonds of approximately 1 x 1 inch.
  6. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes.
  7. Once fully cooled, dip each pastry quickly into orange blossom water and then in icing sugar.
  8. Let dry for 2 hours and then do the glazing operation one more time.