Traditional Sweet Recipes from Malta Volume 1


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This book gives tribute and homage to Malta’s beauty and Old World Charm. The Island has captivated many over the Centuries with its people, historical resilience, Indomnible Spirit and rustic warm elements that embrace it.

I dedicate this book to my late parents whose formidable character has shaped who I am today. My mother had a genuine passion for food, which always inspired me with her innate ability to create culinary delights. Whilst my endeared and much loved father always supported my pursuits and natural talents. My thanks to them both.

Re-creating these traditional recipes, reminds me of my childhood experiences, helping mum in the kitchen (il Kcina) and her sharing of the creative process. It always felt special and now as an adult those memories are forged and embedded in my mind and heart forever.

This life journey is linked to our shared lineage and ancestry. The importance of keeping these timeless traditions alive, that continues to form a part of our national Identity. The flavors and aromas that transcend time, taking us back to the core of our being, which for me is an ultimate place of love.

Another aspect to this book was to display and share Malta’s provincial ambiance within its pages that help to reflect the intrinsic mood and feeling of my Island home. ALL recipes in this book have been tried and tested several times over. Personally created and photography by myself in my home kitchen, to ensure you achieve the results that are displayed before you throughout the book. Not simply images that are borrowed or downloaded from other sites (Stock Images). Traditional sweet recipes within the repertoire of Maltese Cuisine that have been adopted from Italian Influences have not been given an English translation in this book, as they are internationally recognized for their Italian name. For example Cannoli, Biscotti and Biscotti Napolitani. A sincere thanks and acknowledgement I give to my loving husband Daniele, who has encouraged and helped me in the creation of this book.

I wish you all many happy hours of re-creating Malta’s Traditional Sweet Recipes.

Sharon Catherine

Beautifully presented recipes

Recipe page spreads are presented in an easy and digestible format, accompanied by tips and commentary to complement the recipes. Featured alongside most recipe pages is a unique Maltese setting, captured by Sharon herself, to depict and transport the reader to many enchanting and symbolic Maltese locations.

Photography that captures the essence of each traditional Maltese sweet

All Maltese sweets have been handmade and photographed by expert chef and author Sharon Spiteri. The sweets have been presented in a traditional setting, capturing the authentic nature of these cherished recipes.

Having known Sharon for many years I have always known her to have a passionate nature and hold a genuine love and deep affection for her Place of birth, Malta. Equally apparent from the start was her appreciation of all aspects of Maltese Culture and its Cuisine. Through her years of researching Maltese recipes, particularly in the area of sweets, a natural desire emerged to compile her own book. Her motivation was also driven by her desire to share her knowledge of authentic recipes that reflect the true iconic tastes and flavors of Malta. However, her love and passion began decades before, living in a home environment which was proud of its heritage and origin. Developing her passion to a vocation and career Sharon was formally trained as a qualified chef in Malta, later gaining extensive professional experience.

— Daniele Lima

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