If you’d like to try one of the most delicious Easter recipes from the Mediterranean, then our Maltese Figolli recipe is just what you need. These yummy Easter cakes are easy, fun to make and both kids and adults love them!
There are many Easter traditions in Malta, but figolli is perhaps one of the most popular on the islands. Because let’s face it, who can resist delicious almond filled cakes topped with icing sugar and Easter eggs? :)
480 grams (or 1 lb and 0.93 oz) flour
120 grams (or 4.23 oz) sugar
300 grams (or 10.58 oz) margarine
Grated orange zest
200 grams (or 7.05 oz) ground almonds
150 grams (or 5.29 oz) sugar
2 egg whites
Start out with the pastry. Rub the flour and margarine to a sandy texture. Then mix the eggs, sugar and orange zest. Add these to the flour and make a dough. It is important to leave it to set for about an hour before using it.
Now for the filling. Put the sugar in a deep pan and cover it with water. Bring to the boil. Add the almonds and mix well. Leave the mixture to set.
Roll out the pastry. Use fancy shape cutters and cut the pastry into different shapes. You have to cut 2 pieces of each shape. Put the first piece of the pastry on a baking sheet, and spread some of the almond mixture in the centre. Wet the edges with water, and put the other piece of the pastry on top of it. Press the edges firmly to seal. You will now have the figolli ready for baking.
Bake them in a moderate oven for some 30 minutes. Allow the figolli to cool.
When you see that they have cooled down from the oven prepare the royal icing. Decorate the figolla to your liking when it has cooled down. Put the Easter egg in the centre.
We hope that you get to try one of the oldest and most popular Maltese Easter customs and put figolli on your Easter lunch menu :)
If you'd like to try another recipe which is widely popular on the Maltese Islands during Lent, then get our Kwarezimal recipe which are basically delicious almond based cookies.