Kwarezimal for Lent, egg free with no added fat

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

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.


For the egg-free kwarezimal, you will need:

200 grams ground almonds
200 grams sifted plain flour150 grams sugar OR icing sugar OR 3/4 cup stevia
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon Orange flower water
2 tablespoons grated citrus zest of a lemon,  orange and tangerine
1 vanilla pod
4 tablespoons honey
For topping:  warm honey and chopped Pistachios, almonds,walnuts or pecans to decorate and grated orange zest

Mix all the ingredients together and add just enough water to make a stiff dough. Knead lightly and shape into small bite size ovals. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 190 C for about 15-20 minutes, depending on the size.

While they are still hot, brush them with honey and sprinkle chopped nuts of your choice.


My ingredients come from Lamb Brand

22 responses to “Kwarezimal for Lent, egg free with no added fat”

  1. Wonder where I’ll get orange flower water …? Somewhere. Hafta. 🙂

    1. Hello Margaret Rose, if orange flower water is not available, you can add some orange based liquor such as Cointreau or Triple Sec. if you prefer non alcoholic, add some fresh orange juice…

      1. I could use orange juice instead? – then that’s what I’ll do! What a kind person you are! :-))

        1. Thank you Margaret Rose !

  2. Such lovely flavours!! And wonderful photos!

    1. Thank you Elaine, they are actually bite size bit they don’t look like they are from the photo except when you see the size of the walnuts !

      1. I didn’t register that!! I just thought they looked GOOD!

  3. This looks like a great cookie recipe to add to my collection – just the type I like.

    1. I know Jovina, I thought you would like it !

  4. These look fabulous!

    1. They are very delicious, a dense texture and will last for a few weeks in an airtight tin, thank you !

  5. Sounds great. Happy photo as well. Reminds me of a grove i went to in northern greece (well north of athens at any rate) 🙂

    1. It’s a very Mediterranean picture I think as there are similar groves in Greece and Cyprus.. I thank you for your following !

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  8. Hi Lea I like this traditional recipe. If I double it, would I still need equal amounts of almonds and flour or less amount of flour? Tls

    1. Hi Maryanne if you double it, double all the ingredients 🙂

      1. Tks so much. Happy Easter

  9. About to make mine….with no flour…orange flower water can be found in Middle Eastern or Turkish shops.

    1. In Malta Orange flower water is available in most supermarkets, elsewhere Middle Easter Shops. Hope you enjoyed them Patricia 🙂

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