The Pillow

The Pillow

Today’s Pastry is the one that I call the pillow because it looks just like a pillow, under the sugar lace I hid an Algerian pastry called El KEFTA that doesn’t need to be baked.

To be honest I am not a great fan of the no-bake pastries but exceptionally I love this one, El KEFTA is basically made of two parts, a homemade almond paste outside and a stuffing that can contain Almonds, Hazelnuts, Walnuts, Halva, Nutella, Madeleine…etc. So you can choose the stuffing according to your taste,

I keep the weights of the ingredients in grams to avoid rounding them and giving you wrong measures,  I suggest you to use a scale that indicates the weight in grams.

The supplies you will need:

  • SugarVeil Lace Mat

  • SugarVeil Confectioner’s Spreader


for the almond paste:

  • 200 g Almond Flour
  • 200 g icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • knob of  butter
  • 2 egg whites or Syrup .

For the stuffing :

  • 200 g Madeleine or Biscuit.
  • 200 g chopped Walnut.
  • halva (optional)
  • jam or honey .

Instruction :

Making the Almond Paste:

  • In a large bowl, sift the icing sugar, the almond and the vanilla.
  • Start adding the egg whites little by little while mixing with your hand until you get a thick paste (note: if you use the egg whites, you can’t conserve the pastry for a long time so I prefer to use a home made syrup)
    The homemade syrup : bring 400 g of water and 200 g of sugar to a boil for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Take the knob of  butter in your hand and mix the almond paste until it is well incorporated.
  • keep the almond paste in a plastic bag.

Making the stuffing:

  • Crush the biscuit or the Madeleine with your hands and combine it with the chopped walnut and the Halva.
  • add the honey or the jam to the previous mixture until it becomes thick (you should have a brown paste).


  • Roll out the almond paste on a floured surface, cut it in strips (width = 4 inch / 10 cm).
  • Roll the stuffing, until you obtain a sausage shape, put it in the middle of the almond paste strips then close the paste on the stuffing, roll it again.
  • Flatten the Kefta with your hand and cut it into pieces (length = 2 inches/5 cm).


  • In this recipe I made the sugar lace, I bought the Sugarveil, the mat and the Spreader from amazon and I just  followed the steps, the sugar took time to get dry but results is incredible and I recommend it .the pillow





30 comments on “The Pillow

    • yeah, try to make them and you don’t have to use the sugar lace as a decoration, you can just put glitter or small colored flower :)

  1. Amira these are so so pretty…I’ve always wanted to have a go at making some kind of lacewing for cakes or pastries but maybe I will give it a go now! I’ve always been too nervous!!

    • Hi Jason, it is not too hard to make this pastry, may be the sugar lace need some time to be dry. try it and share your result :)

  2. I really thought this as a pillow. This is absolutely gorgeous. My baking skills are not very refined yet, but someday I would try it.

  3. Those are truly stunning. I’m not usually a fan of no bake pastries either. I always feel like they’re lacking something or are the wrong texture. This looks fantastic though!

  4. What a beautiful dessert! So far all that you’ve been sharing has been visually appealing as well. I’m not sure I’ll be able to make an exact copy but it’s awesome!

  5. Aren’t these lovely! I like the lace design on it, it’s really pretty. I’m not sure if I can make it look this good but it’s definitely worth a try. I love that it’s name is so fitting.

    • The lace is really easy to make, you have just to get the sugar veil, the mat and that is it , there is multiple Videos in YouTube on how to make the lace :)

  6. I wish I could make anything I bake look half as good as this! This is amazing– I really thought it was a pillow when I first saw it.

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