If you’re Maltese, there must have surely been a time when you tasted one of these delicious biscuits! My grandma used to always have a stash at her house to accompany her cup of tea.

You can also buy them ready-made but nothing spells wintry daya better than homemade biscuits!!!


  • 550 grams flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 200 grams butter
  • 150 grams caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • Zest and juice of 1 orange and 1 clementine
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • Extra flour for assisting in making the round biscuit shapes
  • 1 small bowl of sesame seeds
  • Water and a pastry brush


  • Sift the flour, bicarb soda and baking powder.
  • Rub in the butter with the sifted flour mixture.
  • In a separate bowl mix with a hand processor the sugar, eggs, orange and clementine juice and zest, and ground cloves.
  • Add in the carraway seeds to the wet mixture.
  • Mix this into the flour mixture gradually until a soft dough is formed.
  • Once you add in the wet mixture to the flour mixture, if the dough is too wet then just add more sifted flour.
  • Preheat the oven to 190oC.
  • Using some flour if needed take a small golf ball sized piece of dough and form into a small thin sausage. Join the ends to form a circle.
  • Brush lightly with some water on the top of the biscuit and dip into the sesame seeds.
  • Place on a baking tray with baking paper..
  • Once the tray is filled place in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown.