Ice cream in the 17th and 18th Century Malta – An exclusive sensory experience at the Inquisitor’s Palace

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

Image: By Daniel Cilia with the courtesy of the Archbishop’s Curia, Floriana

Image: By Daniel Cilia with the courtesy of the Archbishop’s Curia, Floriana

The event will be held on Thursday, 13th and 20th October respectively at 19.30hrs. Tickets for similar events cater for a restricted number of participants and therefore only a limited amount of bookings are available. In fact, the event to be held on the 13th October is already sold out.

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 recipè-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, at €12 and €10 for HM members, are available from all Heritage Malta sites and ONLINE.

For further details please call 2166 3731.

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