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Category: Baking

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Pippa’s Gluten Free Apple Almond Pudding

‘Pippa’s apple pie can be made so very quickly without the use of any kitchen appliances, simply mixed by hand. It is gluten free and Pippa grids whole blanched almonds for absolute freshness… and when its ready, the smell, the taste – just divine. If you are in a mood for an extra treat, Pippa suggests topping with fresh cream’

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Take-to-work ideas: Barley Bread Sandwich

Barley bread is a drier loaf and therefore withstands getting soggy if prepared in advance. Make the sandwiches as close as possible to the time they are being served otherwise they may dry out and it is a pity if you are using bread that is very fresh.

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Egg free Christmas mincemeat Loaf with Buttermilk

‘Every year I save some of my Christmas Mincemeat to use the following year. The flavour matures and the taste improves over time and once we start to approach the beginning of November I like to use it up and make this egg free mincemeat loaf which is absolutely effortless but starts to remind me that Christmas is only round the corner. I made a variety of two different loaves this week, one in real time during the tv show.

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Chicken, Feta and Kale Filo Pie

‘This is a great way to use up bits of filo that have broken up in the fridge or freezer.  The tart may not look very attractive when  you assemble it however when baked it becomes beautiful, sprinkled with sesame seeds, crispy and golden. I use ground almonds to coat the bottom of the dish and prevent the bottom layers of filo from becoming … Read More Chicken, Feta and Kale Filo Pie

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Life and Style Weekend 3/39

‘Episode 3 of Life and Style weekend brings together a bunch of brilliant people and it was an afternoon of laughter and fun which is how life should ideally be. Nevertheless it not always is but Saturday was certainly a special day for me as I ended in Pippa’s house eating her fabulous baked macaroni, followed by home made lemon ice cream and mqaret. It cannot get much better than that. Thank you Pippa and John

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Halloween Cupcakes by Martha

Martha made some plain cupcakes during this week’s show and here is the simple all in one recipe. The theme of her sugarpaste decoration was Halloween this week and I hope you will enjoy seeing her work as much as I did.

How to make a Gozitan style ftira

Gozitan ftira is ideal for a party, to serve with drinks. My preference is always for homemade, no matter what it may be and although it is very easy to make the dough, ftira dough is available in most local bakeries and provides a quick shortcut.

Maltese Seasonal Fruit: Loquat and Mulberry Smoothies

‘Loquats [in Maltese ‘naspli’] and wild mulberries [‘cawsli’] are somewhat unusual fruits with a very short season.  They start to ripen towards the end of  May and are ready to be harvested at the beginning of June. I like to make the most of them when they are available.  Wild mulberries are beautiful in both appearance and texture although loquats may appear quite bruised … Read More Maltese Seasonal Fruit: Loquat and Mulberry Smoothies

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Weekend Baking: All-in-One light and fluffy Carrot Banana Loaf and Muffins

The combination of carrots with bananas in baking produces a very moist, light and fluffy cake. It is best eaten fresh but you can freeze it on the day it has been baked to retain that fresh taste for up to 3 months

Maltese Village Cookies [Biskuttini tar-rahal] – no added fats

There are several recipes of traditional Maltese rusks but I particularly like this one with no added fats and a straightforward nearly all-in-one method.

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Healthy smoothie duo [and a hint of lemon grass]

The lemongrass flavour is divine and I made a two in one smoothie by mixing raw cacao with the mix for my bottom layer. I added oats and Greek Yoghurt and the result is amazing, both visually, nutritionally and taste.

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Orange Almond and Chocolate Cakes [gluten free, lactose free]

Maltese and Gozitan oranges come in all shapes, flavours and sizes, blood oranges with bright red flesh that taste very faintly of raspberries, some with big navels and no seeds, bitter Seville oranges brought to the island during Arab rule and in the open rambling countryside, you can find fragrant bergamot oranges