Category: Maltese Bakes


Sweet Qassata

The savory version of these individual sweet ricotta pies are very popular on the islands but the sweet ones are rarely seen. They start to make an appearance in a few of the local bakeries as Easter or Christmas approach. Visually they appear festive, with brightly coloured red and green sprinkles and candid peel and cherries. This recipe was passed on to me by … Read More Sweet Qassata


Maltese St Martin’s Cake

Here is the recipe that we filmed last week in English and the recipe in the footage is in Maltese .  But here you will also find the full recipe written in English.  Any comments please let me know. I love St Martin’s feast.  It reminds me of Harvest Festival in the UK.  I remember  how excited my children used to be preparing for … Read More Maltese St Martin’s Cake


Maltese Marmurat Tart

Traditionally baked for special celebrations, the Torta tal-Marmurat is not easy to find in local shops. The combination of chocolate, orange marmalade and almonds is without doubt divine.


Maltese Figolla covered in dark chocolate

Easter is round the corner and its time to start preparing figolli. The recipe I use was passed on to me by Renato Briffa.


Pippa’s Mqarrun fil-Forn [Maltese Baked Macaroni]

‘it was with great pleasure that I welcomed Pippa Mattei to my weekend tv show. Pippa is a good friend who was also my cookery teacher. She introduced me to the preparation of real Maltese food when I returned to live in Malta a few years ago. We will be seeing more of Pippa’s recipes and I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do. ‘


Life and Style Weekend 3/39

‘Episode 3 of Life and Style weekend brings together a bunch of brilliant people and it was an afternoon of laughter and fun which is how life should ideally be. Nevertheless it not always is but Saturday was certainly a special day for me as I ended in Pippa’s house eating her fabulous baked macaroni, followed by home made lemon ice cream and mqaret. It cannot get much better than that. Thank you Pippa and John

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]

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


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.


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