Category: Baking

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Sicilian Cuccidati, getting ready for Christmas

Sicilian Cuccidati make a welcome addition or alternative to mincepies. Like most people I adore mince pies but I usually like to add this Sicilian version to my Christmas baking. Traditional cuccidati recipes require the filling to be cooked and in this recipe I have removed refined sugar and left simply blended all the ingredients for the filling in a food processor with an amazing result in texture and flavour.

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Garibaldi biscuits made with olive oil (lactose free, diabetic friendly)

We made Garibaldi biscuits today. Quick, fresh and delicious. Nothing beats home baking and I added spices and fresh citrus zest to the pastry which is made with olive oil. You will need: 120g self raising flour a pinch of salt 25 ml olive oil the equivalent of 50g sugar in stevia (check the labeling to find out the conversion of 50g of sugar) … Read More Garibaldi biscuits made with olive oil (lactose free, diabetic friendly)

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Rock Cakes with no butter and no sugar

Reducing butter is one of the principals of the Mediterranean Diet. Rock Cakes were the first home economics lesson for most of us. Their simplicity makes them a bake that anyone can make very easily. There is nothing better than home made; fresh, quick and delicious. For my rock cakes with no butter and no sugar you will need: 350g self raising flour 1/2 … Read More Rock Cakes with no butter and no sugar

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Bakewell Cake with Mincemeat – using up any left over mincemeat

I’ve just finished writing a piece on the history of Victorian baking and the good old bakewell came to mind again.  This week I used more or less the same ingredients of the tart filling and used up my left over mincemeat to make a Bakewell Cake. You will need: 200g ricotta 35g butter, melted 250g self raising flour 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda … Read More Bakewell Cake with Mincemeat – using up any left over mincemeat

Anton’s Ricotta and Almond Tart

I adapted Anton’s recipe with no added butter and no sugar and for the crust you will need:

Cakes without butter and refined sugar

I love baking, especially when I develop new recipes and try to perfect them. It takes time and patience but over the past few years I have developed a range of cakes and bakes with no added butter or processed sugar. Cakes should be fluffy and light. The bulk of processed sugar and the flavour and consistency of butter is often needed to achieve … Read More Cakes without butter and refined sugar

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Easy Carrot and Orange Cake

Easy carrot and orange cake with no butter and no sugar

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Converting processed sugar to natural sugar: banana coconut cake

I made this cake again on TV this week and it always proves to be a great success, not only in the taste and texture but also in the response from the audience. In a Mediterranean Diet we go back to old traditions to the days when processed food was not around.  I have been testing a line of new recipes for the last … Read More Converting processed sugar to natural sugar: banana coconut cake

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Orange Ricotta Scones – butterless and no added sugar

So much citrus this time of the year and these scones are a real treat, just divine, without any added sugar or butter,

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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 ..’