Category: Maltese and Gozitan Food

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Healthier Maltese Sesame Otti with olive oil and stevia [egg free, Vegan]

I used Renato Briffa’s recipe to make a healthier version of these traditional Maltese biscuits and used olive oil and stevia instead of sugar,butter or lard.  I also added some tahini to acquire a more intense sesame flavour and brushed the cookies ever so lightly with sesame oil as soon as I took them out of the oven.’ Photography: Ian Noel Pace, CJ Baldacchino and … Read More Healthier Maltese Sesame Otti with olive oil and stevia [egg free, Vegan]

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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.

Crunchiest Potatoes and still soft inside [with sesame seeds, fennel seeds and couscous]

How do you get more of the crunch and leave them so soft that they melt-in-your-mouth at the same time? Everyone loved these and you will need: 300g potatoes, chopped with skin on 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons uncooked couscous 1 teaspoon fresh or dried herbs [optional] 1 tablespoon sesame seeds 1/2 tablespoon fennel seeds Sea Salt Prepare an oven dish by greasing … Read More Crunchiest Potatoes and still soft inside [with sesame seeds, fennel seeds and couscous]

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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.

Pumpkin harvest and a traditional Maltese Pumpkin Pie

‘A traditional local pie associated with the northern village of Manikata and the town of Mosta’ For the Sesame seed crust you will need: 800g plain flour A pinch of salt 125g butter 125ml olive oil or 200g butter or 200g gluten free and lactose free spread 2 eggs 25g sesame seed. cold water to bind 1 egg for pastry egg wash Sift the … Read More Pumpkin harvest and a traditional Maltese Pumpkin Pie

Three traditional Maltese Soups

Some very simple recipes for traditional soups made with fresh local fresh vegetables, every day meals in Malta Widow’s Soup [Soppa tal Armla] 1 onion, diced 3 cloves garlic, crushed 2 potatoes, peeled and chopped 2 carrots, peeled and chopped 1 kohlrabi, peeled and chopped 1 cup broad beans 2 celery sticks, sliced 1 cup peas ½ or a small cauliflower cut into bite … Read More Three traditional Maltese Soups

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How to make Maltese Carob Syrup

I get excited when I stumble on old recipes and look forward to trying them out in my kitchen. Today I am making Carob Syrup [very time consuming]. Although you can buy it ready made, nothing beats the flavor of home made. The tree is fascinating, a cool shelter during the sweltering heat.  Carob is gluten free, nut free, dairy free and caffeine free … Read More How to make Maltese Carob Syrup

Maltese Brodu taċ-ċanga [Maltese Beef Broth]

The traditional beef broth is delicious and I am told that the two most important ingredients not to ever be missed out is local celery, a dark green variety with thinner stems and lots of black pepper. You can use Osso Bucco steaks which give the soup a wonderful flavor. There is nothing more delectable than eating the marrow out of the hole in … Read More Maltese Brodu taċ-ċanga [Maltese Beef Broth]

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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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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

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Maltese Cherry Pastini … a special treat for a local feast ! [gluten free, lactose free]

Maltese Cherry Pastini are gluten free and lactose free and incredibly easy to make