Mouna (brioche).jpg
Picture of Mouna
Place of originOriginally Algeria, today more common in France and Israel
Region or stateMaghreb, France, Israel, and the Algerian Jewish diaspora
Created byAlgerian Jewish community
Serving temperatureTraditionally for Shabbat, Mimouna, and other Jewish holidays
Main ingredientsEggs, fine white flour, water, yeast, sugar, anise, orange zest or juice, lemon zest of juice, sesame seeds, confectioner's sugar and salt

Mouna, also known as Mona,[1] is an Algerian Jewish sweet bread of Sephardi origin, similar to challah, kubaneh or brioche, that is traditionally consumed for the Jewish holidays of Mimouna and Shabbat, which is commonly found today in France, and Israel, and has a sweet taste enriched with oil and eggs and often contains anise, sesame, orange, or other citrus.


Mouna derives its name from the Jewish holiday Mimouna, a special holiday traditionally celebrated by Maghrebi Jews to mark the end of the Pesach (Passover) holiday with a feast of sweets and baked goods. Mouna likely comes from the Hebrew word emunah, meaning faith.[2]


Mouna is a very popular bread, especially in Algerian Jewish cuisine, but also in Moroccan Jewish, Tunisian Jewish, as well as French Jewish and Israeli cuisine (owing to the large population of Maghrebi Jews in both countries).

Mouna is used in similar way as challah is used by other Jewish communities, as the bread served for Shabbat and other holidays such as Mimouna of the Yom Kippur break fast. Mouna is a delicate and sweet bread, and also sometimes contains a filling such as jam in the center.[3]


Mouna is prepared most often for Jewish holidays and special occasions in the Algerian Jewish community.[4] Mouna is prepared by making an enriched dough made with flour, eggs, cooking oil, water, sugar, salt, and sometimes anise seeds, and orange or lemon zest or juice. The bread is then Kneaded and left to rise. It is then formed into small individual balls, and the balls of dough are joined together in a pan and are coated with an egg wash. Oftentimes mouna is topped with powdered sugar or sesame and anise seeds.[5] The bread is then baked, and when it is ready it often looks somewhat similar in appearance to the Yemenite Jewish bread kubaneh (another popular Shabbat bread), or the American monkey bread.


  1. ^ Ambroise Queffélec, Yacine Derradji, Valéry Debov, Dalila Smaali-Dekdouk, Yasmina Cherrad-Benchefra, Le français en Algérie. Lexique et dynamique des langues, Duculot, 2002, ISBN 2-8011-1294-1, p.427.
  2. ^ "NYU Class on Passover" (PDF) (NYU). Retrieved 17 October 2019. ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ "Mouna". Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  4. ^ "sweet Algerian Bread la mona de brioche". The Kosher Cowboy. 14 November 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  5. ^ Lieb, Evie (8 May 2013). "Mouna- Algerian Orange Bread". Retrieved 17 October 2019.