Saturday, July 16, 2011

Anna Sultana's Vittorin - Jam Pie, Maltese Style (Traditional for the Feast of Il-Vittorja)

Okay... the worst of Carmela's Entertaining with the Sopranos is over.
Good luck trying to find a Pizzelle iron.

Since the Pizzelle was a holiday cookie, I thought I'd look up a Maltese holiday treat.

Vittorin is traditionally made for the feast of Il-Vittorja.
No idea who he - or she - is.
Malta has a lot of festas for parish patron saints.
Some are just local favorites.
Some were knocked off the calendar in the 60s.
Nothing personal.
The Pope just wanted to make Catholics more like Protestants.

Maltese kept all their festas and holidays.
Tradition always beats out theology.
And, thank goodness, they kept the holiday recipes.

This is really easy to make.
And I'm sure Il-Vittorja won't mind if you make it for somebody else's feast day.
After all, Il-Vittorja is a saint.


Preheat oven to 400ยบ
Grease a pie plate

Mix together
200 g jam, any flavor
juice of 1 lemon
grated rind of 1 lemon

200 g fine dry breadcrumbs

Line pie plate with
300 g puff pastry (you can find this in the frozen food section)
Put the jam mixture in the dish.

Roll out the remaining
100 g puff pastry 
Cut into strips and form a trellis on the jam filling.
Bake 30 minutes.  Let cool.

This is very sweet, so a little goes a long way.
It's nice with vanilla ice cream.
Or chocolate ice cream, if you're using cherry jam.

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