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There’s Always Room For Dessert…No Matter What Month We’re In!


2020 is surprisingly soon coming to an end – and whilst we’ve moved on from the whole “binging on discounted Halloween candy” phase, Christmas is around the corner! In other words, it’s soon time for Christmas log, coconut balls, mince pies, gingerbread cookies, and much, much more.

And since we Maltese believe that there’s ALWAYS room for dessert (because dessert goes to the heart, never the stomach)…it’s time to rank up some of the best Maltese desserts!


January – Torta tal-Marmurat (Almond & Chocolate Tart)


Traditional recipe: Almond and chocolate tart (torta tal-marmurat) - LITTLEROCK


First up, we have quite an old Maltese recipe, it-torta tal-marmurat – in fact, it’s pretty rare to spot them at bakeries or shops too, but some elderly relatives probably have a BOMB recipe! Oh, and in the past, this pie was traditionally baked for weddings or around festive seasons.



February – Prinjolata (Carnival Cake) & Kwarezimal (Almond biscuits)

Okay, there are quite a few desserts around Carnival so it was hard boiling it down to just one… Prinjolata is a festive cake that gets its name from ‘prinjol’, meaning pine nuts which are used in both the filling and the topping of the cake.


And after Carnival comes Lent, so after Prinjolata comes the chewy kwarezimal – because even during lent, we still found a way to satisfy our sugar cravings.



March – Sfineg ta’ San Guzzepp (St. Joseph Fritters)


This fried doughy goodness filled with sweetened ricotta, otherwise known as Zeppoli, is a traditionally prepared for the feast of St. Joseph, which is held on the 19th March. It’s also pretty much the only thing I look forward to in March…don’t knock it till you try it!



April – Figolli (Easter biscuits)


Ah, yes, of course our BELOVED Figolli have to make the list! Every Easter, we look forward to these large biscuits filled with almond paste. And if it’s not filled properly, then it’s simply NOT an authentic figolla – it’d be the Kardashians of figolli.



May – Ice cream!


Since Spring here is practically non-existent, the weather’s basically boiling by May – and there’s nothing like ice cream on a warm, sunny day!



June – Torta tal-Lewz (Almond pie)


Crunchy on the outside, moist and nutty on the inside…and only complete when accompanied with a cup of tea (maybe not in June though…)



July – Pudina Tal-Hobz (Bread Pudding)


At the peak of summer, bread goes stale easily – so why not throw in some eggs, milk, and vanilla extract and call it dessert?



August – Id-Doughnuts tal-Festa (sugar doughnuts)


The sugar doughnuts just HAVE to take the August spot – an absolute must – because there is nothing more heavenly than eating them tipsily at a Maltese feast. Nothing.



September – Imqaret (Date-filled pastries)



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If there’s one Maltese delicacy we can all get behind, it’s imqaret – I mean, the Imqaret vendor just outside Valletta was a crucial part of my childhood – and they’re just a timeless classic.



October – Kannoli


We’re coming towards the end of the list here, and if you haven’t realised it yet, Maltese people LOVE their ricotta and almonds, and nothing represents it better than the classic, Maltese kannol.

November – Ghadam tal-Mejtin (November Bones)



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Buttery almond goodness! These almond cookies are typically coated with a layer of chocolate and you can find them around October and November – and they are simply the best! (*cue Tina Turner’s “You’re Simply the Best” * …)


December – Qaghaq tal-Ghasel (Treacle Rings)…AND Christmas Logs, AND Christmas Pudding, AND Coconut Balls, AND anything else to do with Christmas!


Although they can be found pretty much all year round, l-qaghaq tal-ghasel are a yummy, traditional Christmas treat. And with December coming up next, needless to say…WE’RE READY.