Food and Drink

RECIPE: How To Make The Perfect Imbuljuta This Christmas

  • 2 cups dried peeled chestnuts
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon spice blend (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, etc.)
  • Rind of 1 tangerine
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream (optional)

Okay, so this Maltese winter drink may not be the most appealing to look at – but it's gorgeously fragrant and delicious. It also gives the distinct taste of Malta at Christmas time. Also known as Imbuljuta tal-Qastan this Maltese drink is usually served after Midnight Mass and on New Year's Eve – but let's just bend that part of the tradition and drink it on a random Monday night.

If you want to impress your friends and family by making the warmest, most comforting Maltese drink, just follows these easy steps:


1. Wash and soak the chestnuts for at least 8 hours (okay, so maybe we won't be drinking it tonight...). 

2. Drain and put the chestnuts in a pan, adding 4 cups of water, the cinnamon, cloves, cocoa powder, sugar, spice blend and tangerine rind cut in small pieces. 


3. Bring to a boil and simmer, until the chestnuts are tender. This should take about an hour. 

4. When that hour's finally past, break the chestnuts into small pieces with a large spoon – but don't crush them. Nothing worse than crumby imbuljuta. 


5. Dissolve the cornstarch in a little water and add to your mix to get that lovely viscous consistency. 

6. Serve hot in a cup or a bowl. 

7. If you really want to be fancy – add a cinnamon stick on the edge of your cup's saucer when serving to a guest.


Tag a friend you want to invite over to yours this week for some delicious imbuljuta!

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