Saturday, November 5, 2016

Gozitan Ftira

Gozo, Malta's sister island, produces this lovely, mouth watering pizza! You cannot visit Gozo and not try one of these amazing ftiras!


Maltese Bread Dough (or regular pizza dough)
Thinly sliced potatoes (semi boiled)
Tomato Sauce
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper

Roll dough out as if you are preparing a pizza from scratch. Add the ingredients and top with the thin slices of potato. Drizzle some olive oil, salt, pepper and parsley on top. Fold the edges inwards (like in the picture) and bake on a pizza stone in a 400 degree oven.

Bziezen tal-krema (Fresh Cream Donuts)

Who doesn't remember these delicious doughnuts that every grocery store/confectionary in Malta used to sell early in the morning?


50g sugar
3 1/2 cups flour
Pinch of Salt 1 packet dry yeast60g unsalted butter1 large egg,beaten150ml lukewarm milk50ml lukewarm water

Put all dry ingredients in a  large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl mix the melted butter, egg, water and milk and pour on the dry ingredients, mixing and kneading into a dough for about 10 minutes until elastic and smooth. Place dough on a floured surface, cover with greased cling film and leave to rise for about 20 minutes. Punch the dough down and divide into equal portions, shaping each portion into long bun shapes. Cover and let rise until double in size. 
Deep fry in hot oil until golden brown. When cooled, make a slit in the middle and spread some strawberry jam in the middle. Pipe (or spray) fresh cream. If using fresh cream, beat until stiff before piping down or else you can use Ready Whip from a a can. Drizzle some more strawberry jam on top of the cream and dust with icing sugar :)