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.
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 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
‘Mascarpone produces great results in baking as an alternative to butter. Did you know that 100g of Mascarpone has around 435 calories as opposed to 717 calories for every 100g of butter. For this recipe, I like to use the soft brown sugar that has 1/3 of its calories reduced with stevia incorporated into the sugar crystals, therefore giving the same texture and level … Read More Weekend Baking: Quick crumbly almond cupcakes [reduced sugar, reduced fat]
‘Weekends are meant for baking especially during the winter months. Recipes can be adapted in many different ways to avoid gluten and to make life simpler especially if the cake is intended for sharing during a busy weekend. Citrus season is abundant and at its peak here and some of those lemons weighing down the branches in our back gardens can be used to … Read More Weekend baking: Lemon and Ginger Polenta Cake [gluten free]
‘By changing the way we prepare the most ordinary ingredients in our store cupboard, we can create dishes from far-off places that only exist in our dreams. And as the aroma fills our home as we cook and then when we bring the food to the table to share, we are left with memories of a good meal from the place of our … Read More Flavours from South Africa: Malva Pudding
‘a light fruit cake rarely seen in Malta brings back memories of an English Easter. One of my colleagues made a lovely bow and I topped the cake with raw marzipan during the show the day after it was baked.’ Prepare the raw marzipan the day before you are going to decorate the cake and keep it in the fridge. You will need: … Read More Easter Simnel Cake topped with raw marzipan
‘I made gluten free and lactose free brownies and they are also without processed sugar, contain no butter or added oils. The consistency is amazing, exactly how a brownie should be and there is nothing quicker you can bake’ You will need: 2 cups dates, soaked in just enough water 150g sugar free chocolate 250g cocoa powder 1 avocado, peeled and chopped 1 banana, peeled … Read More Very Easy Healthy Brownies (Gluten Free and Lactose Free)
The Maltese kitchen in November starts to smell of Christmas, chocolate, of roasted chestnuts, cloves and oranges. The time is here to start soaking chestnuts and make citrus tarts and start to plan for December’s festivities.