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Maltese Almond Cakes















Low Fat, Low in Saturated Fat, Low Cholesterol, Cholesterol-Free, Trans-fat Free, High Fiber, Very low in sodium, Low Sodium


1 ⅛ cups almonds
slivered, blanched
3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 - 1 ¾ cups sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons orange extract
2 each lemon
grated rind
2 each oranges
grated rind
2 each tangerines
1 ½ cups water
1 x honey
1 x almonds
toasted, silvered


Toast the almonds on baking sheet for about 5 minutes at 400℉ (200℃).

Reset the oven for 350℉ (180℃).

Grind one-third of the almonds.

Mix the ground almonds with the flour, sugar, and cinnamon.

Add the orange extract and the rinds.

Mix well. Blend in the slivered almonds.

Gradually, add enough water to make a stiff dough (the dough will be sticky).

Form the dough into cake about 7 inches long, 2 inches wide and 1 inch thick.

Bake for 35 minutes.

Optional: While they are still hot, brush the Kwaresimal with honey, and sprinkle with slivered toasted almonds.

Let the cakes cool for about 20 minutes, then with a serrated knife cut them into slices about ⅜ inch thick.

Variations: Here are a few of the classic variations: Hazelnuts can be substituted for the almonds.

You can if you prefer all of the nuts, or fewer of them.

You can also insert some whole blanched almonds.

Remember the more nuts you grind to a powder, the more liquid you will need to make the dough; and the fewer nuts you grind, the less liquid.

In Malta these cakes would often be made with orange-flower water, which is hard to obtain here.

Orange extract or liqueur (or other liqueur or rum) can be used as a part of the liquid.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 373g (13.2 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 7292% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 6mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 57%
Dietary Fiber 5g 21%
Sugars g
Protein 24g
Vitamin A 4% Vitamin C 75%
Calcium 6% Iron 30%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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