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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
  • 6
    1h 45min
    Preparation 1h 30min
  • 7
  • 8
    • Appliance TM 5 image
      Recipe is created for
      TM 5
      If you are using a Thermomix® TM6 measuring cup with your Thermomix® TM5:
      For cooking (simmering) at temperatures of 95°C or above (200°F), the simmering basket should always be used instead of the TM6 measuring cup, as the TM6 measuring cup fits tightly in the lid. The simmering basket rests loosely on top, is steam-permeable, and also prevents food spatter from the mixing bowl.

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.


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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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