Georgina’s Maltese Easter Figolli

The Bay Area is a great place to live.  A true representation of what America is today – a melting pot of various cultures, languages, and religions.  Where else could I have such a wonderful group of friends from such places like Ghana, Philippines, Japan, China, Ireland, Vietnam, England,  Iran, Fiji,  Russia, Kenya, all corners of India, Eastern Europe, and Malta.  Which brings me to the topic of this post; Georgina’s Maltese Easter figolli.

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Georgina is one of my closest friends who moved to the Bay Area the same way I did – our husbands got tech jobs here and we came along with them.  I’ve known Georgina for over 15 years now.  We first met when Sri and her son Dylan were in Kindergarten and elementary school,  and became friends with the common thread of gardening being both our passions. I’ve known Georgina for so long now that like most long-term friendships, friends just become family.  And that brings me to this wonderful Easter tradition that Georgina introduced to our family  – making and sharing her Maltese Easter figolli.

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Every year around Easter in the spring, Georgina would drop off her homemade Maltese figolli.  She explained that these are made traditionally at Easter time in Malta and given to kids on Easter Sunday.  She wanted to continue that tradition here by sharing these figolli with her friends. She would deliver 3 of these pastries for us every spring – one for each of the girls.

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Figolli for all three girls!

Georgina has been doing this for so many years now that one year her delivery got delayed, and the kids were all worried – are we getting our Easter figolla this year? I was too embarrassed to ask Georgina, but somehow we must have sent some subliminal messages because that week her figolli arrived beautifully packaged and on our front door step!

Georgina has an amazing way of packaging her homemade goods – be it jams, jellies, pastries, cheese, or figolla.  She presents them so beautifully that you just don’t want to open them and disturb the beautiful presentation.

Georgina’s Homemade goodies

My Dad when he visits, which is usually in the spring, who adores Georgina, would admire her figolli packaging and analyze every detail.  He would just be in awe of how carefully she packaged each pastry and decorated it by hand, and then put an Easter egg on each one, how she tied it with the most delicate ribbon and embellished it all with a darling Easter ornament. All nestled beautifully in a gift bag or gift basket with raffia and delicate tissue.  He would even admire her hand-made card that would accompany the treats. He would comment on her attention to detail, and how it takes time and patience and love to put something this beautiful together to give to someone else, and then deliver it to them too!

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Georgina with this year’s figolli delivery

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Dad would then proceed to remind me as if I didn’t already know “You are very lucky Dolly, to have a friend like Georgina.” To which I would reply with a smile “Yes Dad, I know.”  Then I would promptly open the package and stuff my mouth with the yummy pastry.  To which my Dad would just shake his head.  “What?” I would ask him. “Dad, it’s for us to eat.”

Figolla is like a soft biscuit pastry stuffed with almond paste. Figolli is the plural of figolla. They are sweet and soft and delicious!

Georgina’s figolli are works of art!  She makes them for all her friends and decorates each one differently depending on whom she is giving that pastry to.  Decorated with various colored icings;  blue, pink, yellow, or white, and dusted with all shades of edible glitter; or just chocolate icing for some; these are so good to look at that you feel guilty eating them.

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I asked Georgina how she decorates her figolli.  This was her text reply to me  “Dolly, you asked me how I decorate my figolli. I first outline each cookie.  Then I do spoon some icing and fill in the outline as smoothly as I can.  And then I use the tube thingie to decorate the design. It’s a labor of love.”   I concur; it is indeed a labor of love!  Georgina also shared a few photos of her making Easter figolli.

Decorating Figolli

This year’s figolli arrived beautifully packaged as expected and we have been enjoying eating them!  Thank you Georgina for introducing us to this wonderful Maltese Easter tradition.

If you would like the recipe for Maltese Easter figolli, check out Georgina’s post on how to make figolli.  Georgina’s Maltese Figolli Recipe

Happy Easter & Happy Spring!

6 thoughts on “Georgina’s Maltese Easter Figolli”

  1. What a beautiful tradition and such beautiful figollis! Your friend Greorgina sounds like an amazingly talented and a good-hearted friend, Kalpana! Loved this post like the rest of your posts – they are beautiful, enjoyable, and so informative!

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  2. There is something very lovely about Easter – it is the Time for new beginnings . It is amazing how your gorgeous friend Georgina has packed so much Love and Care in making these Figolis . Colorful and very tempting . It is a blessing to have good friends that too for such a long time . Remember Dolly to have a good friend One must be a good friend too . Enjoy . Aunt Vinatha

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  3. Georgina, your are special none to match, as sweet and adorable as the cakes displayed! A good narrative by Dolly is well deserving of you. We all love you in the family.
    Happy Easter, Lord’s blessings and best wishes to you and family, Georgina,

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  4. What a wonderful tradition! I did not know about figolli at all!
    I am sure they are yummy! You are right presentation is so good that you do not feel like opening the package. Just like we do not feel like opening all your beautifully wrapped gifts!
    Thanks for sharing this tradtion.
    Happy Easter to all of you.

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  5. Aww…you made me smile reading this 🙂 And I can just see your dad appreciating the figolli like he does with everything beautiful . I’ve been making figolli since I was a teen and still look forward to making them every year. I love the photo of Anjali and Rani as I see the excitement in their eyes. Happy Easter my dear friend…to you and all your family and friends 🙂

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