Imqaret (Date Slices)

by Alison Casha
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It’s Sunday and it’s tea time! Ending Malta Meat Free Week with a sugar-free but sweet treat – IMQARET! Imqaret are date slices, a very traditional street food in Malta, which are deep fried. I made a very healthy version – baked in the oven, and with no added sugars or sweeteners.

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Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 4.5/5
( 2 voted )


  • 400g plain flour
  • 100g margarine
  • cold water
  • 1 large orange
  • 400g pitted organic dates
  • star anise or Anisette


Prepare the dough with 400g plain flour (sifted), 100g margarine, 150ml to 200ml (depending on the flour) mix of cold water & juice of 1 orange). Knead lightly until it comes together and place it in a fridge (covered) to rest.

Now you can prepare the filling by mixing 400g of pitted dates in a pan together with 120ml water and 1 star anise until the dates partially break down. Add zest of 1 large orange, mix well and let sit to room temperature. (You can replace the star anise with Anisette, but I preferred the natural herb for a milder taste).

Once filling is cold, transfer to a blender to turn it into a thick paste.

To form the diamond-shaped date slices, roll out 1/4 of the dough into a long rectangle, around 10cm wide. Place 1/4 of the filling in the centre, lengthwise and brush both sides with water. Fold each side over the other, closing well.

Cut into diamond shapes and transfer onto a non-stick baking tray. bake in a hot oven (180 degrees) for about 20 to 30 mins until the pastry is golden brown, and allow to rest on a cooling rackserve warm (you can dust icing sugar over them, but I omitted it) and enjoy without feeling guilty!

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