Qagħaq tal-Ġunġlien – Maltese Sesame Rings

Qagħaq tal-Ġunġlien literally translates to sesame rings. These are traditional Maltese biscuits made from wheat flour, lemon and orange peel and a bunch of aromatics, including cinnamon, cloves and anise seed. You will also find them shaped in a figure of eight and called Ottijiet (otto = eight in Italian). They are commonly found all…

Chocolate Orange Mousse

Do you want to prepare an easy dessert for Easter lunch at home? And you have not decided on what to prepare yet? Here’s your answer! 🙂 This chocolate orange mousse is rich and decadent, using mascarpone cheese as the base and it is flavoured with dark chocolate and fresh oranges. It is a simple…

‘Healthy’ Chocolate Muffins

For most of us, Christmas is the season to eat and indulge. We tend to eat more than usual and when the new year starts, we are all trying to switch our lifestyle and keep away from the sweets and delicious stuff. After some research and going through my existing trustworthy recipes, I came up…

Almond Matcha Cookies

Inspired by my recent blog post about our trip to Japan, I got hold of some matcha green tea powder. The smell of it and the flavour took me straight back to the streets of Kyoto, the capital of matcha tea. I decided to bake some matcha-flavoured cookies. These are not traditional cookies you will…

Homemade Christmas Mince Pies

Christmas is coming! 🌟🎅🤶🎄🎁 Mince pies are muffin-size pies filled with a delicious mixture of liqueur soaked fruit and topped with a pastry lid. They are one of the traditional English Christmas treats that have been adopted in various countries. In Malta, you can find them in all supermarkets and you can also find jars…

Għadam tal-Mejtin, Maltese Almond Cookies

Għadam tal-Mejtin, which literally translates to “dead men’s bones”, can sound a bit creepy. But never mind the name… they are absolutely delicious almond cookies. The name comes from the shape of the cookies, which are prepared in the form of a bone. These traditional Maltese cookies are prepared in the beginning of November, in…

‘Healthy’ Chocolate Banana Cake

I have been on a quest for a healthier kind of chocolate cake for a long time… testing out various recipes, adjusting ingredients and amounts to get a balanced chocolate cake. I try to limit the amount of added sugar as much as possible and try to find alternatives to sweeten my recipes. Chocolate cake…

Vegan Cranberry Orange Muffins

As the weather is getting warmer, I always enjoy a glass of cold freshly squeezed orange juice. It is naturally sweet, healthy and full of vitamins. What if these oranges can be incorporated into something sweet and delicious? 🍊🍊🍊 Having some oranges sitting in my fruit basket, I decided to bake some muffins… a classic…

Healthy Carrot Cake

Last weekend, we celebrated Easter and for the first time, my husband and I hosted our parents for an Easter lunch at our house. We had a feast of food, with some dips and antipasti as starters, roasted leg of lamb as main, with a warm lentil salad, dijon mustard glazed carrots and roasted pumpkin…

Healthy Apple Cake

A cake with no butter, no oil and very little added sugar that tastes delicious? Oh yes please! 🙂 This cake is a healthier alternative to the classic apple pie. With the amount of apples it contains it can barely be considered as a sweet… a slice of this cake can almost count towards one…