For Mother’s Day the Food & Beverage Team at the Grand Hotel Excelsior have come up with a Special Mother’s Day Menu. Visit our website to find out more…
Although the origin of the word ‘figolla’ is not clear, it is believed that this was derived from the Italian word ‘figura’ which means a form, shape or image. Just before Easter, figolli are produced by local bakers and are sold in bakeries and confectioneries. However, it still very much of a local tradition to bake these at home during Holy Week and give them to family and friends to be eaten on Easter Sunday. These were created as a post-Lenten treat mainly for the little ones. Traditionally, these delicious, soft and biscuit-like cakes were available in the shapes of women, men, or baskets (possibly a reference to ancient symbols of fertility).
Nowadays, popular shapes include bunnies, ducks, cars and butterflies. Sometimes ‘figolli’, are shaped to suit Christian symbols such as lambs, crosses and fish. The icing decoration covering the top of the cake is very bright and colourful, and the largest decoration piece is often a small chocolate egg still wrapped in a foil paper.
Experience an Easter Malta Spa Break, an Easter Dine & Stay Weekend Break or our traditional Easter Sunday Buffet Lunch. And if you would like to enjoy that little treat at home, our award winning team of pastry chefs is busy preparing figolli and Easter eggs for you to take home or to give to your loved ones. These delectable goodies will be available for purchase from our Harbour View Lounge Bar, which is open 24 hours a day.
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You’ve always had the power my dear,
you just had to learn it yourself.
- Glinda – Wizard of Oz
A mother’s love is unconditional. No grand gesture will begin to match this, however she deserves to be pampered that little bit more on her special day! Treat her to a lavish buffet lunch in true Excelsior style on the 11th May 2014.
We look forward to hosting you!