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Date Malawach with Roasted Grapes and Labneh

Date Malawach with Roasted Grapes and Labneh

It's a date! Slightly sweet Date Malawach with Roasted Grapes and Labneh inspired by Tu B'shevat.
5 from 4 votes
Servings 4 Malwach



  • cups all-purpose flour (plus more if needed)
  • ½ cup cake flour
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 cup dates, minced
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 6 tbsp butter, very soft

Roasted Grapes

  • 1 cup grapes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp salt

For Serving

  • ½ cup labneh or Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp mint, minced
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds


Malawach Dough

  • In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: flours, sugar , salt and baking powder.
  • Then add the warm water slowly while mixing until it comes together. Knead for 5-7 minutes until you have a soft, smoothe ball.
  • Cover and let rest for 30 minutes.
  • Divide your dough into four equal sizes pieces. Keep three covered while you work with the fourth.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchemnt or wax paper and set aside.
  • Take 1 tablespoon of butter and spread it out over a clean surface. You'll need at least a 12" x 14" space to work with. Put the dough on the surface and roll out using a rolling pin and your hands into a 12" x 14" rectangle. Don't worry if there are tears, you won't see them in the end. You want the dough very thin and see-throuh.
  • Sprinkle the dates and about 1/4 of the cinnamon evenly onto the surface. Starting with the wide end, roll the dough up into a rope and then swirl into a pinwheel spiral. Repeat with the other dough pieces, cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until chilled through.

Roasted Grapes

  • When you are about ready to fry the malawach, you can make the grapes.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees F. Toss the grapes with olive oil and salt and spread out on a parchment limed baking sheet. Roast for 25-30 minutes until grapes are softed and slightly browned.

Frying the Malawach

  • While the grapes are roasting, it's fry time! Remove one piece of dough at a time and place between two pieces of wax paper. Flatten into a 6-inch circle using a rolling pin. Frying in a little more butter over medium heat in a cast-iron or nonstick pan 1-2 minutes per side until golden brown.
  • Serve hot with roasted grapes, labneh, mint, honey and sesame seeds.


You can freeze the rolled out but not fried malawach for up to one month. 
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