Malta produces about 42,000kg apples a year. You can eat this fruit fresh, but boiled apples with cloves is a traditional Maltese recipe that has remained very popular today as a sweet and good dessert that is also good for health and contains few calories.

Traditional boiled apples with cloves (Tuffieħ mgħolli bl-imsiemer tal-qronfol)

INGREDIENTS (INGREDJENTI)

  • 4 sweet apples, peeled and core removed (4 tuffieħat ħelwin, imqaxxrin u neħħilhom il-qalba)
  • 10 cloves (10 imsiemer tal-qronfol)
  • cup water (kikkra ilma)
  • Cinnamon (kannella)
  • Raisins if you like them (Żbib jekk tixtieq)

METHOD (METODU)

  • Dice the apples. (Qatta’ t-tuffieħ kaxxi kaxxi)
  • Place in pot with water and add the cloves, cinnamon and the raisins. (Poġġih ġo kazzola bl-ilma u żid l-imsiemer tal-qronfol, il-kannella u ż-żbib)
  • Cook until softened. (Sajjar sakemm jirtab)
  • Discard the cloves and let the apples cool. (Warrab l-imsiemer tal-qronfol u ħalli t-tuffieħ jibred)
  • Put into a small bowl and serve! (Aqleb fi skutella żgħira u servih)
  • You can also serve it with custard, or even with fresh cream. Moreover, the water used to cook the apples can be chilled in the refrigerator and served as a drink. (Tista’ wkoll isservih mal-custard, jew anke mal-krema friska (fresh cream). Apparti minn hekk, l-ilma li ssajru fih tista’ tkessħu fil-friġġ sserviħ bħala xarba bnina togħma ta’ tuffieħ mgħolli)