Even if you’re living on a beautiful sunny island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Monday blues can hit you – especially after a holiday weekend. But that wasn’t the case for the GFI Malta team whose morning was brightened up by a fellow colleague who surprised them with a GFI version of a traditional Maltese delicacy that is synonymous with this time of the year – the Figolla.

Made from sweet pastry, filled with almond paste and coated in frosting, it combines perfectly with anyone’s daily caffeine booster.

I bet you’d want a piece too – which is possible if you try out the recipe below.


The Figolla Recipe:

A brilliant Figolla recipe (approved by my own gran) can be found here: http://www.ilovefood.com.mt/recipes/figolli/

And, for those who would like a step-by-step visual guide, check out this YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=i1e4zlLWnm0

In case you’re wondering, the name originated from the Latin word ‘Figura’, which means ‘form’ or ‘shape’, because each Figolla is typically shaped according to the recipient’s favourite choice – traditional shapes include a fish, a lamb, a heart, a butterfly and a mermaid, among others. But you can opt for any other shape – take the creative idea behind the lovely GFI Figolla.

Think you can beat our Malta team’s Figolla? Put on that apron and get cracking! Leave us a comment and tell us how it goes, or visit our Facebook page and share your Figolla images (the geekier, the better).