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Date Rolls

Preparation and Cooking Time: 105 minutes
Makes: approx 14


This simple yet delicious traditional recipe is that sweet treat that everybody loves with a nice cup of coffee or as a light desert. Made from very few ingredients while still very delicious this recipe is surely one you have to try.


You will need:

For pastry:

Lamb Brand Self-raising Flour 400g

Lamb Brand Castor Sugar 150g

Butter 150g, chilled

Lemon juice, ½ lemon

Eggs 2, beaten

For date rolls:


Goldstar Pitted Dates 400g

Water 60ml

Aniseed liqueur 3 tbsp


All you have to do is:

For the pastry:

Sift the flour and place in a food processor, add butter and sugar and mix. Add the beaten eggs and continue mixing. Add the lemon juice and mix until just combined.

Turn pastry onto a lightly floured surface and knead until it becomes just smooth. Wrap pastry in cling film and refrigerate for about 2 hours.

To make date rolls:

Chop the dates and add in a pot together with aniseed liqueur and water.

Cook on medium heat, stirring continuously for about 5 minutes, until the dates start to melt . Split the pastry in two and open on a floured surface using a rolling pin. Spread the date paste over each piece leaving the ends uncovered.  Brush the ends with a little water.

Roll the pastries, press the ends together and transfer the date rolls on a baking


tray. Bake in a preheated oven on high to medium heat (190ºC)for about 10 minutes or until the rolls become golden brown. Once they are ready remove from the oven and let them cool. Slice these rolls in thick slices and serve. Preserve in an air tight container as they will keep well for a number of days.