Maltese and Gozitan oranges come in all shapes, flavours and sizes, blood oranges with bright red flesh that taste very faintly of raspberries, some with big navels and no seeds, bitter Seville oranges brought to the island during Arab rule and in the open rambling countryside, you can find fragrant bergamot oranges
‘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]
We love almonds on this island, in every shape and form, but especially in sweets and this is one of my favorite easy and straighforward almond cakes. The result is soft and moist and it is a good way to use up left over ground almonds You can make it in advance and freeze the cake until you need it. 100 g butter, room temperature 50 g … Read More All-in-one quick Almond Cake
I spent the morning with Joseph Borg, a very talented pastry chef ! And we made his special Almond and chocolate tart ! Mixing the pastry dough Kneading the dough Piping the frangipan mix into the tart shell Adding the chocolate spread to the frangipan mix Stirring in the chocolate Piping in the chocolate frangipan Walnuts for the surface ! The baked tart … Read More Joseph’s Frangipane and Chocolate Tart
It’s always good to have a snack that is available to have with drinks and I prefer buying nuts and dried fruit completely additive and flavor free and making my own mix with herbs or spices that take my fancy. I made this mix using chili, honey and rosemary and I store them in airtight jars. The flavors are delicious and it is very … Read More Stored in a jar…chili, honey and rosemary nut mix….
Traditionally baked for special celebrations, the Torta tal Marmurat is not always available from local confectionaries. With communion celebrations this month and no doubt many family gatherings, I like the idea of baking something more traditional and a little bit different. This is a simplified version of Renato Briffa’s recipe which I have adapted for a busy home cook. The result is fantastic…. let … Read More Torta tal Marmurat… Chocolate and Almond Tart !