Healthy Mediterranean Almond Orange Cookies for Lent…. egg free with no added fat

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Lea Hogg


These are my very favorite local sweets. They are traditionally eaten at Lent here and are easy and quick to make with wonderful flavors and they are completely egg free with no added fat.

Known as Kwarezimal, the word derives from quaresima for the 40 days of lent and the ingredients in it reflect repentance and giving up the luxuries of eggs and fat. I make mini Kwarezimal as I find them more practical and appealing in bite size. I also reduce the sugar by half and use local honey as an additional sweetener. I made these for the Phoenicia Hotel and we used them in this month’ s Airline Magazine.

You will need:

200 grams ground almonds
200 grams sifted plain flour
150 grams sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 spoon Orange flower water
Grated rind of 1 lemon, 1 orange and 1 tangerine
5 tablespoons thyme honey
Chopped Pistachios…

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