Imqaret

Imqaret

Imqaret is the plural of Maqrut.  These are delicious, mouthwatering diamond shaped pastries stuffed with dates and deep fried!   Obviously they are not for the figure conscious.  If you want to reduce the amount of calories you can always bake them instead; but the taste is not the same as those deep fried.  The word maqrut derives from an Arabic word meaning a diamond shape.

Mqaret are best eaten hot, although the baked ones are just as good at room temperature.

Ingredients

For the pastry

650g plain flour

175g margarine

85g sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon baking powder

For the filling

360g dates  pitted and chopped

grated rind of 1 orange

aniseed liqueur

orange-blossom water

Method

  1. Sift the flour together with the baking powder.  Rub margarine into the flour till the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.  Add sugar.  Mix well.
  2. Bind it with beaten egg to make a dough.  Leave the pastry to rest for 30 minutes.
  3. Whilst the pastry is resting prepare the filling.
  4. Place all the ingredients of the filling into a saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally.  Allow to simmer until the whole mixture becomes creamy.
  5. Remove from heat and put mixture in a bowl and leave to cool.
  6. Put the pastry on a lightly floured surface.  Roll it out into a 10cm wide strip.
  7. Moisten the edges of the pastry and put the date mixture down the middle of the long strip of pastry, fold over to enclose the date filling. Press the edges together tightly.
  8. With a sharp knife, cut diagonally across the pastry into 5 cm long diamond-shaped imqaret.
  9. Deep fry them in boiling oil until golden brown.  Drain thoroughly from the oil and serve hot.  Pay special attention when frying them, because boiling oil can be very dangerous.
  10. Forget all about calories and cholesterol when eating them!!!!!!!