Category: Baking

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Gluten Free Quinoa Cookies

  No added refined sugar, wheat free and you can swap the chocolate chips with dried fruit. And for the biscuits you will need: 35g Ground Almonds 280g Cooked Quinoa, according to instructions on pack 1 teaspoon baking powder (gf) 50 g dark chocolate chips or chopped 100g coconut 2 egg whites 100g peanut butter 100g applesauce 85g honey a few drops good vanilla … Read More Gluten Free Quinoa Cookies

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The eleventh day of the eleventh month

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.

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Greek Kourabiedes for Christmas

‘I have not yet met anyone who does not like these most amazing Greek cookies. This recipe was passed on to me by Maria, my dear neighbour in Limassol ..’

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Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake

This is the most moist, most delicious and light textured Texas Sheet cake and it must always be square nor round

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Artichoke Salad in a pistachio crust

The ingredients come from this Mediterranean garden and I have also used ricotta, a most common ingredient here that you will find any day in every local kitchen.

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Lets bake eclairs!

The perfect recipe, perfect always without fail with thanks to Renato Briffa :

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Quick Everyday Meal: Broccoli and Hazelnut Pasta Shell Bake

This is a healthy pasta dish, shells filled with a mix of broccoli, hazelnuts and ricotta and baked in the oven to make a surprisingly light dish.

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A Tunisian Hazelnut Dessert – Bouza [diabetic friendly, gluten free, egg free, lactose free, vegan]

As I dig deeper into the Mediterranean kitchen I become more familiar with the cuisine of Tunisia. I was served this dessert by a Tunisian friend at a dinner a few years ago. For me this hazelnut cream beats the classics like creme brulee.  This dessert is egg free, gluten free and vegan.  If you wish you can also use regular milk. It is … Read More A Tunisian Hazelnut Dessert – Bouza [diabetic friendly, gluten free, egg free, lactose free, vegan]

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Hot Cross Buns

Traditional hot cross buns with yeast are a must on Good Friday and when they are homemade they are even more special.

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Maltese Cherry Pastini

Citrus, almonds, a moist soft texture with a fine crispy crust.  They are so easy to make and although I like to pipe them, you can also make them without using a piping bag and simply roll them in some ground almonds.

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Kwarezimal for Lent, egg free with no added fat

These are my very favorite local sweets. They are traditionally eaten at Lent and are easy and quick to make with wonderful flavors.  This recipe completely egg free with no added fats. Known as Kwarezimal, the word derives from quaresima for the 40 days of lent and the ingredients in it reflect repentance and giving up the luxuries of eggs and fat. I make … Read More Kwarezimal for Lent, egg free with no added fat

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Morning in the City and Carnival Afghans (Egg Free)

I spent  a day in the City with a great friend. My bake of today is topped with sugared almonds or Perlini and not a premature Easter recipe. We are celebrating  carnival week on the island and perlini are as much associated with Carival as is prinjolata. Sitting in my favorite cafe with an espresso brings back memories of my childhood.  This was ‘the … Read More Morning in the City and Carnival Afghans (Egg Free)