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Chneiks are a popular French pastry sold at bakeries throughout Morocco. They're made by spreading croissant dough with pastry cream and a filling of your choice - raisins, nuts, candied fruit and chocolate are all popular either alone or in various combination - and then rolling, slicing and baking. Almond Pastry Cream is often used in place of the plain pastry cream.

I like chneiks best when made with either a pastry cream and chocolate combo, or with raisins and almond pastry cream. My Chneik Recipe calls for one batch of croissant dough, which is ample dough to experiment with different filling combos of your own.

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