Category: Baking

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Blueberry Frangipan Cheesecake

This is a treat and for me sweet enough, but blueberries are quite tart and if you require it sweeter brush the top with some barely warm agave or honey just before serving. This is another quick and easy recipe and it will not take too long to prepare.   You will need : 300g butter, soft 300g sugar 300g eggs, beaten and weighed … Read More Blueberry Frangipan Cheesecake

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School-friendly quick muffins

I made these quick muffins on tv and they are ideal for putting into your kids’  lunch boxes or to send in to share for a celebration. Use gluten free flour if they are meant to be for sharing.  I usually omit the brown sugar when I make mine as I find the sweetness from the carrot and apple is enough but it depends … Read More School-friendly quick muffins

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Very Quick Lasagne with less calories

As we approach the end of summer, I’m planning some warming meals, those kind that you can prepare quickly and will satisfy you at the same time. This lasagne is one to make for yourself. It is quick and does not need to look refined but hits that spot if you have a craving for a baked pasta dish.  I made them in individual … Read More Very Quick Lasagne with less calories

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Upside Down Strawberry and Banana Crumble

An upside down crumble allows the juices to ooze out of the fruit and moisten the crumble mix, filling it with all those fruity flavours. It is quick to make and does not need hours in the kitchen making it an ideal dessert to serve with ice cream. I use a mix of strawberries and bananas but other fruits can be use such as … Read More Upside Down Strawberry and Banana Crumble

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Spinach Ricotta Picnic Pie

This spinach ricotta pie is the ultimate summer picnic comfort food.  This tart is beautiful when it is cut up after it is cooled down as it exposes the hard boiled eggs and is ideal for outdoor entertaining. Although the number of eggs in this recipe seem a lot, you can omit the hard boiled eggs but the idea is to cut it up … Read More Spinach Ricotta Picnic Pie

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Baked Pasta Caprese

The salad that originated in Capri is a classic and in this pasta bake I use the same ingredients. It is lightly baked and then before it is served, I top it again with more of the same fresh ingredients.

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Gluten Free Lemon Ginger Polenta Cake

Buttermilk adds an incredible texture to anything that is baked and the cake crumb is lighter. This is a dense and moist cake and a small slice served with Greek yoghurt and slices of citrus also an incredible dessert.

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Summer Lifestyle: Which Wine ?

In Episode 1, Dorian focuses on easy drinking. His tip for the summer is that it is important to store all wines in the right place.  For example if you still prefer red wines in the summer, you need to make sure that they are store in a place where the temperature is stable. According to Dorian there are no bad wines, it all … Read More Summer Lifestyle: Which Wine ?

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Gluten Free Amaretti Cookies

Here is a gluten free version of my amaretti cookies. They are soft and chewy and also freeze well. Like all my recipes they are very easy to make and are perfect to end a meal, even in the height of a Maltese heat wave.

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All-in-one [no mixer] Banana Date and Oat Cake

Baking and summer do not go together but if you have to bake in this Maltese summer heat, because you may still want a healthier type of cake, this is the answer as it is an all-in-one with no equipment required. Another reason why I like the recipe, as the washing up is minimal. Sugar can be replaced with stevia and apart from the ripe bananas, more sweetness comes from the dates.

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Maltese Marmurat Tart

Traditionally baked for special celebrations, the Torta tal-Marmurat is not easy to find in local shops. The combination of chocolate, orange marmalade and almonds is without doubt divine.

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Eggplant and sweet potato bake

This is a smart and quick kitchen creation and just as delicious served cold with a green leaf salad in the summer. No need to make a sauce. I just used canned chopped tomatoes. Who wants to spend hours in a hot kitchen during Maltese summer months?

Here’s how to make it.