Easter is round the corner and its time to start preparing figolli. The recipe I use was passed on to me by Renato Briffa.
Category: Maltese Bakes
‘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. ‘
‘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
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]
‘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
I asked Renato to provide me with his recipe for Pastini. He is always willing to share his vast knowledge of local sweets and pastries and I am surprised as this is such an easy recipe with very few ingredients. Citrus, almonds, a moist soft texture with a fine crispy crust….. They are so easy to make and although I have piped them, you … Read More Pastini !
‘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