Maltese Almond Vegan Biskuttini with Aquafaba

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For these traditional Maltese almond vegan biskuttini I use aquafaba instead of egg to bind them.  They are ideal for vegans and any for anyone who wishes to reduce some cholesterol.  I also eliminate refined sugar and used golden raisins blended to a pulp with some water as a sweetener.  You will not be able to taste or see the golden raisins.  Those around me approve of both taste and texture !

*This recipe is vegan, gluten free and diabetic friendly’

You will need:

300g ground almonds
200g golden raisins
30ml water
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon grated tangerine zest
4 tablespoons aquafaba [chick pea water]
2 tablespoons cornflour or rice flour
vanilla
whole almonds to decorate the surface

Heat the oven to 170C.

Soak the golden raisins in the water preferably overnight but an hour is adequate.  Use a hand blender to puree the golden raisins until it looks like a smooth pulp.

Use an electric mixer and beat the aquafaba until it is stiff and looks like a meringue

In a large bowl place the ground almonds, lemon juice, citrus zest, corn flour or rice flour and vanilla.

Mix well and then add the golden raisin pulp.   Mix and finally fold in the aqua faba.  Mix well.  Then use your hands to bring the dough together.

Knead it slightly on a work surface dusted with a mix of ground almonds and cornflour or rice flour [which ever you are using].

Spray the baking tray with some cooking spray.  Cover a baking try with rice paper.

Shape small balls of the almond mixture with your hands. Place the almond balls on the rice paper on the baking sheet.

Place a whole almond on top of each cookie.

Bake for 15 minutes or until they are golden and crisp.  Allow them to cool completely, preferably overnight before removing them for the baking sheet.  If you like a harder consistency allow them to bake for a further 5 minutes.

Lea’s Tip:  If you do not have rice paper use baking paper and spray it with cooking spray.  They freeze well and keep for up to 3 months.

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Penne with local sausage, cherry tomatoes and Rukola

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A peaceful Saturday night, as the sun sets on the jewel in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, it’s time to make a simple pasta supper using local pork sausages.

These are wonderful with black peppercorns, whole coriander seeds, garlic and parsley and the aroma while they cook stimulates even the feeblest of appetites ! And if you do not live on the island and have no access to these heavenly sausages oozing with flavor, this dish is delicious using a continental type sausage such as Toulouse .

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You will need :

Penne, allow 75 to 120g per portion depending on appetites
Maltese Sausages, allow 1/2 per person, skin removed chopped up
Cherry tomatoes, allow 5 to 8 per person, cut into quarters
Rukola, according to your preference, I used about 10 leaves per person, torn up not chopped
Whole dried chilis, allow 1 per 2 portions, cut up
Dried Oregano, allow 1/4 teaspoon for 2 portions
Dried flaked garlic, allow two flakes per portion, chopped up
1 tablespoon light single cream per two portions
6 tablespoons white or rose wine per two portions
Salt
Freshly Ground Pepper
Drizzle of olive oil
Freshly grated Gran Padano

Cook the pasta in plenty salted water, and follow the cooking time instructions on your pack.
In a saucepan, heat up a touch of olive oil and cook the sauce eat on gentle heat until browned together with the garlic flakes.
Add the chili, oregano and cook further.
Add the wine, cook and reduce.
Add the single light cream, just a touch, the dish should not appear creamy and cook further.
Season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
Drain the pasta.
Add the sauce and mix with the pasta.
Add the cherry tomatoes and arugula
Plate the pasta and top with a fresh light grating of Gran Padano.
Serve immediately.