Bosnian Food Jewish Food

Recipe: Čalditjas – Sephardic Jewish Almond Macaroons

In her book about Bosnian Sephardic Jewish women, Sarajevo-born writer Laura Papo Bohoreta (1891 – 1942) mentioned some Jewish sisters from the Alkalaj family who set up a shop in the city selling traditional Jewish specialities, including a number of sweets. It’s likely this included the star-shaped almond čalditjas, a type of macaroon (here based on a recipe by Nada Papo).

How to Make Them

Jewish star-shaped almond macaroon biscuits


225g ground almonds
200g caster sugar
3 medium egg whites
A pinch of lemon peel, finely grated

  1. Mix the dry almonds and sugar together in a mixing bowl
  2. Separately, beat the egg whites with an electric whisk until just starting to froth
  3. Add the egg whites to the almonds and sugar, one spoonful at a time. Mix with a wooden spoon until you get a soft and moist mixture. (You might not need all the egg white)
  4. Take a ball of the mixture and flatten it onto a parchment-covered baking sheet. Moistening your fingers with a little water if needed.
  5. Either cut into a star shape or form it with your fingers
  6. Leave to sit for 15 minutes before baking at 170C fan for 15 – 20 minutes.
  7. Leave to cool for at least 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack

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