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Category: Reduced Sugar

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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Baked zucchini, mint and feta fritters

‘I like to make crispy fritters in the oven using hardly any added fats. I lightly coat the fritters and flour and brush them with olive oil to make them crispier.   The mixture easily holds together. I served with tzaziki but if you are in a rush, simply mix some Greek yoghurt with fresh mint, salt and a pinch of dried mint to use … Read More Baked zucchini, mint and feta fritters

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Gurbell al Cartoccio with roasted fennel potatoes, fish on Fridays

Gurbell [meagre in English] is one of the most delicious fish that is available locally. It has a firm and fleshy texture, with a mild taste that

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Weekend Baking: Quick crumbly almond cupcakes [reduced sugar, reduced fat]

‘Mascarpone produces great results in baking as an alternative to butter. Did you know that 100g of Mascarpone has around 435 calories as opposed to 717 calories for every 100g of butter. For this recipe, I like to use the soft brown sugar that has 1/3 of its calories reduced with stevia incorporated into the sugar crystals, therefore giving the same texture and level … Read More Weekend Baking: Quick crumbly almond cupcakes [reduced sugar, reduced fat]

Overnight Carrot Cake Oats [gluten free and vegan]

I love to incorporate in small amounts into recipes such as soups, smoothies and salads as well as raw desserts. Not only is it rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E and provides a good source of calcium, zinc and iron but I love its caramel flavour. Always add in small quantities.

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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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Summer salads and dressings

Salads enable us to provide substantial meals in the summer months without spending too much time in a hot kitchen.Salads enable us to provide substantial meals in the summer months without spending too much time in a hot kitchen.

Carrot and Date Bars [vegan, gluten free]

‘I like making my own cereal bars as i know exactly what has gone into them.  This is a quick recipe and the result is amazing.  Once they are completely cool, preferably the day after, I cut them up, pack them individually and freeze them’ You will need: 1 large carrot, grated a pod of vanilla 2 cups oats 1/2 cup dates a pinch of salt … Read More Carrot and Date Bars [vegan, gluten free]

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Date and Ricotta Muffins

‘I sometimes use ricotta instead of butter or oil to make these delicious date muffins. They are unbelievably quick to make and I use the rub in method

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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.