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A Hectic Month, and A Maltese Recipe!

Hi! Sophia here, from Team Delacourt.

Its been a hectic month.

I’ve been sick, as has been the rest of the family. I’m dealing with a very annoying ghost – more about that another day – I’ve been trying to set up a new job, had workers invade my flat for renovation, and Easter happened too of course!

Do you celebrate Easter ?

If you do, I hope you had a great time ! I spent it with my parents and my sister’s family, and ate way to much chocolate.

The Thug Life.

In Malta, Easter time is wonderful. Most of the Maltese are Roman Catholics, so their celebrations are very traditional : processions, bell ringing, and other interesting events.

The good friday procession is incredible. Statues, representing moments from the passion of Christ, are followed by people wearing biblical costumes and people in chains, some of them barefoot, others crawling on their knees in sacrifice while the bands play funeral marches. Its very moving.

A Maltese Procession

https://www.etimalta.com/easter-in-malta-traditions-and-events/

The truth is, I’m only in it for the traditional maltese Easter food, like Kwaresimal and Figolli.

Figolli

When I was younger I used to help mum make Figolli, and its a huge job. It can take up to a week to do, especially if you’re making a lot !

We decided not to make this year, as we were all too busy, sick and tired, and so we just made Kwaresimal instead.

Its actually a lenten biscuit, as it doesn’t contain eggs, but its really yummy : chewy, nutty and orange-flower flavoured.

In fact, I have the recipe for you !

Kwarezimal
200g almonds (blanched and lightly roasted)
200g flour
285 sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
cocoa powder 1 tbsp
orange flower water 3tbs
rind of one lemon
rind of 1 orange
rind of one tangerine (optional)
Mastica (to taste)
Honey
Chopped up Pistaccios or Almonds

Grind up the lightly roasted almonds in a food processor, and mix them into the sifted flour, sugar and spices.
Add the rind of the lemon, orange and tangerine.
Add the orange flower water, and mastica, and enough water to make it doughy.
Form into shapes about 15cm long, 6cm wide, and 2cm thick.
Bake in a moderate over for 20 minutes.
While still hot, spread with honey and decorate with chopped pistaccios or almonds.

Its very easy to make, and I hope you like it as much as we do.

Kwaresimal

What about you? How do you celebrate Easter? Do you have any fun family traditions, like painting eggs and hiding them in the garden? Tell us about it at delacourtpublishing@gmail.com. We’d love to hear them!

Sophia (Team ChocolateOverdose Delacourt)

PS: If you missed my last email about my new exciting job and my crippling lack of self confidence, you can check it out here!

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