Monday, August 24, 2009

Mqaret - Date Rolls

Mqaret are delicious pastry parcels - that are deep fried - a killer for your diet but unless you over indulge, great little treats. Served with ice cream they make a great dessert.
These small packages of sweet pastry filled with a date mixture and served blisteringly hot are often sold dripping in paper bags from roadside stalls. You’ll nearly always find mqaret hawkers at Valletta’s city gate near the bus terminus. (Valletta is Malta's capital city)
As you step off the bus, you’ll be greeted by the sickly, sweet smell of mqaret mingling with diesel fumes from the buses (last I checked they were still not eco-friendly!)
400g Flour
1 tablespoon lard
1 tablespoon margarine
1 tablespoon sugar
1.2 kg pitted dates
1 orange peel grated
1 tablespoon anisette
1 tablespoon orange flower water
A pinch of ground cloves

To make the dough, rub the lard into the flour.
Add the sugar and mix.
Moisten with anisette and orange flower water until you can form a soft dough.
Next prepare the filling.
Mash the dates and mix with the cloves, orange peel, anisette and orange flower water.
Note: If the dates are hard, soak in water for about thirty minutes to soften. Drain before using. Roll the dough out into a long wide strip and spread the prepared filling on the top half of the dough to form a layer about a quarter of an inch thick
Wet the edge of the pastry and fold over to cover the filling.
Press all edges well together to seal.
Cut into diamond or rectangular shapes (about 3.5 x 2.5 inches.)
Fry in deep hot oil till golden in colour.
Let drain and eat while still hot.


  1. I LOVE Mqaret, I had one every day when I was in Malta!

  2. We've got the buses replaced now and not all routes end up in Valletta so hopefully less pollution will be in the area.


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