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Easter is round the corner and its time to start preparing figolli.  The recipe I use was passed on to me by Renato Briffa.

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Prep Time 30mins
Makes 6 small figolli

For the dough
1kg plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
300g icing sugar
400g unsalted butter
zest of 2 lemons &
2 oranges
vanilla
juice of 2 oranges &
2 lemons
4 eggs


For the filling
1kg ground almonds
600g icing sugar
zest of 2 oranges,
1 tangerine, 1 lemon
6 egg whites
vanilla
pinch of salt
juice of 1 orange


To Decorate


1kg Novibloc
mini Novi Easter eggs

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To make the pastry, sift the flour twice, add the baking powder, icing sugar & the
unsalted butter & rub with your fingers until it looks like fine breadcrumbs. Add the
citrus zest & mix in all the other ingredients first with a knife & then use your hands
to bring together. Knead it lightly until the pastry comes together & the consistency
is smooth. Wrap in stretch & seal & place in the fridge for an hour.

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Prepare the filling by mixing all the ingredients together & then using your hands to
bring it together. Knead lightly & then keep aside.

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Roll out the pastry to a thickness of between 1/2 to ¾cm. Use a figolla cutter to cut
two identical pastry shapes for each figolla. Place 1 pastry shape on a baking tin
covered with baking paper. Roll out the almond filling & use the same cutter to cut a
shape per figolla. Brush the bottom part of the figolla lightly with water & place the
filling shape on top. Brush lightly with water & place the second pastry shape on top
of the almond layer. Bake in a preheated oven at 170oC for 35 mins. Remove from
the oven & allow to cool overnight before removing from the tray.

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To decorate melt the Novibloc & pour over the figolla until it’s covered. Decorate
with mini Novi Easter eggs.

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Photos by Steffi De Marino

Novi Chocolate is imported, distributed and marketed by M&Z (Marketing) Ltd and is available in all leading supermarkets and stores.
Malta by Steffi De Martno

Photography by Steffi di Martino

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