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Category: Maltese Sweets

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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Maltese Easter Figolli [gluten free, vegan, reduced sugar]

‘Making figolli [two cookie layers with a soft mazipan filling] is a good childhood memory if you were brought up in Malta and making them every Easter is a tradition for most Maltese families, even for those who usually do not make cakes and sweets.

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Strawberry and Coffee Biscuit Gateau

This is a variation of the very popular Maltese coffee gateau with the addition of fresh strawberries. Surprisingly I believe it is the most popular dessert on the island. !

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Weekend Baking: Maltese Almond Biskuttini [Vegan, reduced sugar]

For these traditional Maltese almond vegan biskuttini I use chickpea water [aquafaba] instead of egg to bind them

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Renato’s Maltese Kwarezimal

‘Each family seems to have their own Kwarezimal recipe and although I use Helen and Anne Caruana Galizia’s recipe as this is the one that mum used, I love Renato’s version, passed to him by his father who owned a confectionery in Old Mint Street, Valletta in the 50s. These are my favorite Maltese sweets’

Maltese Carnival Prinjolata

‘The feast before the fast is with us again and you can watch my good friendΒ Renato Briffa make traditional PrinjolataΒ from an old recipe passed on to him by his dad who owned a well know confectionery in Old Mint Street Valletta between 1956 and 1987. ‘ And to make his prinjolata you will need: 625g flour 200g butter 2 teaspoons baking powder a few … Read More Maltese Carnival Prinjolata

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Celebrating Carnival with Xkunvat

the traditional recipe from the days when his father had a confectionery in Old Mint Street Valletta for these maltese pastries which used to be shared at feasts and celebrations.

Bright skies, blue seas and Anton’s ricotta flan

Bright skies and blue seas, this is where so many visitors stop by for a few days. But for some lucky ones, this is life every day, breathtaking and nearly unreal … Anton’s recipe for this ricotta flan is delicious and he was my guest during our show last week. I adapted it and used Stevia instead of sugar. You will need: 1 ready … Read More Bright skies, blue seas and Anton’s ricotta flan

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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.

Marmurat Tart

Baked for special celebrations, this is a traditional chocolate tart with orange flavor. It is not always available from local confectionaries and with communion celebrations this month and many family gatherings, this will be very popular. This is a simplified version of Renato’s recipe which I have adapted for a busy home cook. You will need a 10 inch tart dish Heat oven to … Read More Marmurat Tart

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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. Β 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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Maltese Pudina and Barbetta’s

‘A visit to a very old bakery in the village of Zejtun prompted me to bake this old fashioned Maltese chocolate pudding [Pudina] that my grandmother, like most frugal Maltese and Gozitan grandmothers, used to make. It was an economical cake, the way to use up stale bread and all the bits and pieces in the kitchen store cupboard. As with most Maltese sweet … Read More Maltese Pudina and Barbetta’s