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Qaghaq tal-Ghasel (Maltese Honey Ring)



4 portion(s)

Pasta Frolla (Sweet Shortcrust Pasrty)

  • 500 g plain flour
  • 3 eggs, (Yolks Only)
  • 50 g margarine
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 tsp Aniseed Essence
  • 75 g raw sugar, (Optional)
  • water, or
  • Anisette Liqueur

Qaghaq tal-Ghasel - FILLING

  • 100 g raw sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tbsp Aniseed Seeds, or
  • 1 star anise, (Whole)
  • 400 g water
  • 1 tbsp mixed spice
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp Aniseed Essence
  • 3 tbsp orange liqueur, or
  • 3 tbsp Orange Blossom Water, (If available)
  • 200 g Treacle syrup
  • 200 g golden syrup, or
  • 400 g treacle or golden syrup
  • 180 g semolina

Recipe's preparation

    Preparing the Pasta Frolla (Sweet Shortcrust Pastry)
  1. ~ Gather all ingredients before beginnig.


    ~ Into the TM Bowl, measure in Flour; add egg yolks, margarine, sugar (if using) and water (or Anisette Liqueur, if using)


    ~ Combine 25sec/Speed 5.


  2. ~ Scrap down sides of TM Bowl.


    ~ With TM Blades (Knives) turning, gradually add water (or Anisette Liqueur, if using) until the mixture is the desired consistency.


  3. ~ Tip out mixture onto TM Mat or Clean bench top.


    ~ Using your hands, work mixture together until you have formed a "firm" ball.


    ~ Wrap with TM Mat or Glad Wrap, place in fridge to rest for 1-2hrs or until ready to use. (Over night for best results)


  4. The Filling...
  5. ~ Again make sure you gather all ingredients before beginning this step.


    ~ Preheat Oven to 180*C (Gas Mark 4)


  6. ~ Into TM Bowl, add sugar, Zest of both Orange + Lemon, and Star Anise (if not using Aniseed Seeds).


    ~ Mill, 10ssec/Speed 10.


  7. ~ Add water, aniseed seeds (if using), cocoa powder, mixed spice, Aniseed Essence, Orange Liqueur (or Orange Blossom Water, if available), Treacle + Golden Syrup (or just one of either)


  8. ~ Use TM Basket in place of MC.


    ~ Cook. 10mins/100-120*C/Speed 3. or Until mixture has reached boiling point.


    ~ Once boiled, Cook for a further 5mins/100-120*C/Speed 3. VERY SLOWLY adding the Semolina.


  9. ~ Once mixture has returned to the Boil, remove TM Bowl from TM Base and Transfer hot mixture into a LARGE Bowl to cool.


  10. ~ When the mixture has cooled cover the bowl with Glad Wrap and leave in the fridge for a couple of hours (or overnight, for best results)


  11. Putting it all together... The final stages..
  12. ~ Roll pastry into log shape and cut into 4 portions.


    ~ Roll individual portions into rectange shapes (approx 20cm X 8cm)


    ~ Light flour TM Mat or Bench Top with Semolina.


  13. ~ Using a spoon or piping bag. Take some of the filling and place it down the middle of the pastry rectangle, it should form into cigar-like snake shapes. Then roll the pastry over the filling and bring the ends together to form a ring.


  14. ~ Cut short slits into the pastry , with a sharp knife, at intervals, make a series of decorative slashes on the top.


  15. ~ lightly dust baking tray with Semolina before transferring Pastry Rings onto the tray.


    ~ Bake in the oven about 15-20 minutes, or till the pastry is a very light beige colour. 


    **In the case of these pastry rings, the pastry should never turn a golden brown**


    ~ Allow to Cool on wire rack.


    Enjoy tmrc_emoticons.)


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~ This recipe is suitable for both TM31 & TM5 models.

~ Despite the Name, there is no actual Honey used in this recipe.

~ This Recipe is a Traditional Maltese Christmas Sweet.

~ The filling mixture makes enough to fill 2 batches of pastry.

~ Due to the weight of the Semolina, it is really important that you pre-measure this before being the filling,

~ I found that the scales don't recognise it on the TM5 when measuring in whilst the TM Blades (Knives) are turning.

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  • loved it!!!! turned out

    Submitted by LaraP04 on 22. December 2014 - 13:21.

    loved it!!!! turned out amazing in all ways! tmrc_emoticons.D


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