Treat your­self to a 17th cen­tury ice cream at the In­quisi­tor’s Palace

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Her­itage Malta will once again be or­gan­is­ing a unique event open for all ages to­day and again on Sun­day, when the kitchen of the In­quisi­tor’s Palace will go back in time to ex­plore and ex­pe­ri­ence how the ice cream was pro­duced dur­ing the 17th and 18th cen­tury.

The event will be held to­day (but it has al­ready been sold out) and on Sun­day at 7.30pm. Tick­ets for sim­i­lar events cater for a re­stricted num­ber of par­tic­i­pants and there­fore only a lim­ited amount of book­ings are avail­able.

Dr Noel But­tigieg will fa­cil­i­tate and ex­plore the sub­ject, shar­ing Mal­tese recipes from the 1740s, while chef Josef Bal­dacchino will be con­duct­ing a his­toric cooka­long ses­sion of two ice cream recipes.

Between 1664 and 1759, the kitchen of the In­quisi­tor’s Palace was equipped with the nec­es­sary equip­ment to con­tain ice and freeze ice cream. By 1798, the In­quisi­tor owned sev­eral ice cream con­tain­ers in­tended to cater for en­ter­tain­ing his guests.

The con­sump­tion of ice cream of­fered the Mal­tese, and es­pe­cially the no­bil­ity, a mo­ment of re­lief from the beat­ing sum­mer heat. This di­etary prac­tise was made pos­si­ble through the im­por­ta­tion of large quan­ti­ties of snow and ice from Si­cily. Ice cream pro­vided a new and rather so­phis­ti­cated man­ner of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing new tastes and tex­tures in a Baroque age.

By the end of the 17th cen­tury, cooks pub­lished recipe-books in­tended to prop­a­gate the knowl­edge of how to pre­pare ice creams. Our lo­cal ar­chives can boast of some fine ex­am­ples, in­clud­ing a 1748 man­u­script recipe of how to pre­pare ice cream.

This event is an ex­clu­sive sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence for a lim­ited num­ber of par­tic­i­pants. Pro­ceeds from this event will help Her­itage Malta re­fur­nish the kitchen back to its busy days. Par­tic­i­pants will be en­ti­tled to one com­pli­men­tary copy of ‘Eigh­teenth Cen­tury Malta at a Glance’.

Tick­ets are €12 and €10 for HM mem­bers and are avail­able from all Her­itage Malta sites and on­line through http://shop.her­itage­malta.org/in­dex.asp?eventi d=291. For fur­ther de­tails please call 2166 3731.

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