Mqaret Sweet Date Pastries

Mqaret Sweet Date Pastries

As part of our mission to find the world’s tastiest food we have arrived in the beautiful island of Malta to enjoy a classic Maltese menu… For dessert we have Mqaret Sweet Date Pastries - serves four people.

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Recipe info

  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Serves: 4
  • Tip: Spiced date pastry parcels, a decadent dessert or just the perfect sweet snack!


For the filling:

8 oz (220 g) stoned dates

1 tspn finely chopped tangerine peel

1 tspn finely chopped orange peel

1 pinch ground cloves

1 tspn of anisette liqueur (Sambuca)

For the pastry:

1 tbs sugar

8 oz (220 g) flour

2 oz (50 g) margarine

2 tbs water


  1. Chop the dates and put them in a saucepan with 3 tbs water. Stir over a low heat for a few minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and add the citrus peel, cloves and anisette.
  3. Make the pastry by the rubbing-in method. Rest and then cut the pastry in two, roll out half into an oblong 16 x 4 inch (10 cm).
  4. Dampen the edges and spoon half the filling along the centre. Fold the strip lengthwise enclosing the filling.
  5. Cut into diamond shapes (like fig newtons) along the length of your folded pastry.
  6. Deep fry in hot oil until golden (do not crowd). Drain on kitchen towels and sprinkle with icing sugar (optional).
  7. Serve hot, drizzled with honey and a scoop of ice cream.


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