Eat Like a Local- Maltese Sinizza recipe

14 January 2019

If you are planning your holidays in Malta, then you are in for a gastronomic treat. Maltese cuisine is a divine mix between Mediterranean and North African and offers amazing flavours using sumptuous fresh local produce. 

For those with a sweet tooth, it goes without saying that Malta has no shortage of wonderful sweet delicacies. The Sinizza could be considered a variant of a Swiss Roll; this boozy, jam-filled spongy cake will surely get your mouth watering!  Worried the tastes you uncover on your Maltese adventures will become nothing but a distant memory? Well with this super simple recipe of a Sinizza, you can recreate a tiny slice of the Maltese islands wherever you are!

Sinizza Recipe

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• 375g puff pastry
• Raspberry jam (or any berry jam)
• Sponge cake
• Sweet liqueur
• 60 grams chopped nuts
• 600 grams ricotta
• 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
• 4 tablespoons caster sugar
• 1 tablespoon glaced cherries finely chopped
• 4 tablespoons candied peel
• 4 tablespoons finely grated chocolate
• Lightly beaten egg and caster sugar to glaze the top of the pastry before baking.


1. On a baking tray place some baking paper and roll out the puff pastry.
2. Spread some jam onto the pastry.
3. Place the sponge cake on top of the pastry leaving space around the edges.
4. Spread some more jam on the sponge cake (if your sponge cake is a jam swiss roll then you will not need to spread any more jam).
5. Sprinkle with liqueur.
6. Mix all the other remaining ingredients and then spread the ricotta mixture onto the sponge cake.
7. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
8. Lift one side of the pastry towards the centre of the sinizza.
9. Lift the other side of the pastry towards the centre of the sinizza and seal the edges with your fingers.
10. Glace with the beaten egg and sprinkle sugar on top.
11. Prick several times with a fork.
12. Bake in the oven until golden brown.

Once you have given this recipe a go and have seen for yourself just how simple yet delicious it really is, you'll find yourself making it time and time again. All the ingredients can easily be sourced in most countries, so you can readily share a taste of Malta!

With thanks to Marlene Zammit for this fantastic Sinizza recipe!

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