As the weather is now slowly getting cooler, I start to enjoy some more time in my kitchen. Baking is one thing I look forward to at this time of year. Come teatime in the afternoon ( in my case it’s actually coffee) I like to have a little treat to accompany my cup of coffee.
Last week I finally managed to bake a vegan version of a traditional pastry which is very popular in the month of November.
Għadam tal-mejtin – traditional Maltese bones
To make it easier I prepared a stencil for the shape out of baking paper.
I made the pastry using:
- 400g plain flour
- pinch of salt
- 200g margarine
- cold water to mix, about 100ml
- 50g sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- grated rind of a lemon
The filling only requires:
- 200g ground almonds
- 200g sugar
- 1 tsp almond essence
- some almond milk, enough to make a medium stiff paste.
I cut the pastry using the stencil and put a layer of filling between each two. I just pinched the edges together to seal and baked in a preheated oven at 180C for about 30 minutes. After letting them cool down, I covered in a simple glace’ icing which I made using:
- 100g sifted icing sugar
- 1 tbsp warm water
Incidentally, I later also used the same ingredients to make a bakewell tart which I had not eaten for a long time. I just added a layer of cherry jam before adding the filling to the tart.