Monday, December 6, 2010

Anna Sultana's Biskuttini tar-Rahal (Village biscuits / Maltese Style Cookies)


Maltese cookies aren't exactly up there with French pastries.
They're pretty simple and bland.

I wasn't too thrilled with Maltese cookies.
Like they say, a prophet isn't appreciated in his home town.  
Maybe familiarity bred contempt.  

I'll let you be the judge.

Here's a recipe for Maltese Sesame Ring BiscuitsQagħag tal-Ġulglien.


                        Biskuttini tar-Raħal

Grease & flour 2 large cookie sheets
Preheat oven to 350º 

Sift together
350 g flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
grated rind of a lemon
pinch of ground cloves
pinch of cinnamon
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In a large mixing bowl, beat until foamy
3 large eggs
Add
350 g sugar
Beat constantly until fluffy.
Add the dry ingredients.
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Scoop the dough with a spoon and place on the greased pans.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes (until they are golden).
Cool on racks.  
Decorate with a drizzle of Royal icing.
Makes about 30 cookies


These were called biscuits.
You can imagine the confusion when we learned about English and American biscuits.

2 comments:

  1. My nanna used to put aniseed in the biskuttini tar-raħal mixture

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  2. Hi,

    Yes, anise would give the biskuttini tar-raħal a nice flavour, too.
    Thank you for sharing that hint!

    Sahha!

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