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Saudi Maqshush Recipe

After the Saudi Culinary Arts Authority selected Maqshoush as a national dessert at the beginning of 2023, I felt compelled to try preparing it myself and share my experience with you.

This Saudi national dessert, known as “Maqshoush Hail,” is an integral part of Saudi culinary heritage. It consists of simple ingredients such as buckwheat flour, and topped with ghee, honey, dates molasses or sugar, boasting a unique flavor that captivates the senses and takes you on a delightful journey through culinary traditions.

Step-by-Step Maqshoush Preparation:

  1. In a bowl, dissolve a tablespoon of sugar in half a cup of warm water and let it sit for 5 minutes until the yeast activates.
  2. Mix all the ingredients (except the egg) thoroughly and let the dough rise in a warm place for an hour until it doubles in size. Finally, add the egg, knead, and let the dough rise for another 10 minutes.
  3. Heat a pan on the stove and preheat the oven on the upper setting. Shape the dough on the pan, keeping the flame low to avoid burning. Once it starts browning from the bottom, transfer it to the oven until the top is nicely browned.

Sugar Mix:
In a pot, heat a cup of sugar on the stove with a cup of water until it thickens.

Butter Mix:
Melt a stick of butter with a tablespoon of brown flour and two pieces of dates in a saucepan over medium heat.

Pour both mixes over the Maqshoush and serve.
I’ve tried this recipe once, and I couldn’t resist making it again. Every gathering is an opportunity to prepare Maqshoush, enjoyed with traditional Saudi coffee during Friday evenings.

Try this recipe and share your experiences and personal memories with this delicious dish.


Maqshush Hail is an authentic Saudi national dessert adopted at the beginning of 2023, enjoying a special place in Saudi food heritage. It is named Maqushoosh because it is flattened on the griddle, and then butter is added with honey, molasses, or sugar. It is usually served at any time with coffee or tea.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
waiting time1 hour
Total Time2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 381kcal


For preparing the mixture:

  • cups whole wheat flour
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg

For sugar syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

For butter cream:

  • 1 stick butter (100 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons brown flour
  • 2 pieces dates


Preparing the dough:

  • Dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water.
  • Mix all the ingredients except the egg and let the mixture ferment for an hour.
  • Add the egg and knead the mixture, then let it rest for 10 minutes.
  • On a suitable baking tray, flatten the dough to the size of a coin and let it brown from the bottom.
  • Transfer it to the oven to brown from the top.

Sugar syrup:

  • Boil a cup of water with sugar and let it thicken over the heat.

Butter cream:

  • Boil the butter with brown flour and dates while stirring continuously until the dates melt.

Final dish:

  • When serving, pour the sugar syrup and butter cream over the Maqushoosh and serve immediately.


Calories: 381kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 192mg | Potassium: 265mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 184IU | Vitamin C: 0.003mg | Calcium: 129mg | Iron: 2mg


Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

2 thoughts on “Saudi Maqshush Recipe”

    1. Thanks for your question! Maqshush doesn’t need to be refrigerated if you plan on enjoying it soon after making it. In fact, it’s best served warm to fully appreciate its delicious flavors and textures. If you refrigerate it, it might become soggy, which isn’t ideal. So, I’d recommend enjoying it fresh and warm for the best experience!

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