Torta tar-murmurat

Torta tar-murmurat


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About this recipe: Almond and chocolate pie served during the Advent to Christmas or during Lent. In the past it used to be served at weddings.

NCE Malta Island, Malta

Serves: 8 

  • For the frolla pastry
  • 200g plain flour
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 80g unsalted butter, cubed
  • For the candied peel
  • 3 oranges
  • 2 tangerines
  • 200g demerara sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • For the filling
  • 200g ground almonds
  • 150g dark chocolate
  • 200g candied peel
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 heaped teaspoon marmalade
  • 2 large eggs
  • 75g dark chocolate, melted, to finish

Prep:1hr30min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Extra time:10min cooling  ›  Ready in:2hr20min 

  1. To make the frolla frolla: Mix the flour, caster sugar and zest together. Make a well in the centre of the mix and combine the egg, egg yolk and butter – which you would have cut in tiny squares. Knead lightly so as to prevent the butter from melting. Allow the dough to rest for 1 to 12 hours before rolling it out and placing it gently onto a buttered pie dish. Do not trim the edges as you will need to make a border.
  2. To make the candied peel: Cut the orange and tangerine peel into squares. Boil in a pan until soft. Add demerara sugar and cinnamon and allow to reduce until it reaches the desired consistency.
  3. Preheat the oven to 160 C / Gas 2 1/2.
  4. To make the filling: Chop the almonds and 150g chocolate finely and combine the candied peel, sugar, cocoa, marmalade and eggs. Fill up your pie dish and overturn the untrimmed edges so as to make a border.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the crust looks nice and golden. Finish by pouring over the remaining 75g chocolate, which you would have melted in a bain-marie.
  6. Decorate with melted chocolate, almond or sugar paste, royal icing and candied cherries or a little baby Jesus at Christmas.


Leave to cool before serving.

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Reviews (1)


delicious, christmassy but different to the endless mince pies. I used ready made candied peel with good results. The pastry recipe is really good and I would use it for other sweet desserts. Would make again. - 21 Dec 2014

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