Today, Malta celebrates and honours two things – St Joseph, the father of Jesus Christ, and żeppoli, possibly Malta’s greatest dessert.
Maltese – as well as Italians – the world over celebrate St Joseph’s Feast by eating mounds of the freshly made choux pastry treats. Usually filled with sweetened ricotta, sprinkled with powdered sugar and topped with a variety of options, there are some incredible chefs in Malta whipping up delicious variations of the pastry – and you need to get your hands on them today!
Here are nine żeppoli creations in Malta you need in your life ASAP.
1. Let’s start with some very local takes on the Maltese treat using fresh sheep’s milk.
Tal-Karmnu Farm Shop, Żebbuġ
2. Before moving to the hometown of the holiday and sweet treat – Rabat.
Bottegin Palazzo Xara, Rabat
3. Now, there are gourmet takes on the classic treat all over the island…
Manouche, St Julian’s/Valletta
4. …as well some other old school variations for all type of tastebuds.
St. Paul’s Bakery, Rabat
5. Some żeppoli can be over-the-top…
La Brioscia, Rabat
6. …while others can be lighter on the carbs…
Your own kitchen with Maple & Mint’s recipe
7. ..and some can come with a whole load of extra pistachio!
Eri’s Gourmet Cafe, Iklin
8. Some modern żeppoli are even breaking the mould in their own special way.
Elia Cafe, Ħamrun
9. But no matter how thick or thin, drizzled with honey or dipped in pistachio, we just want to know one thing – why are we only eating these beautiful and traditional treats one day a year?!
Deguara Confectionery, Swieqi
BONUS: The Maltese red velvet crossover we didn’t know we needed.
Yakofdebono.com, or a nearby office, apparently.