Imbuljuta is the traditional Maltese drink served after midnight mass or on New Year’s Eve, filling the air with a spicy aroma of chocolate and citrus.
Ingredients 250g dried chestnuts
2-3 tablespoons sugar
Grated rind of 1 tangerine
¼ tablespoon mixed spice
12 whole gloves
500 ml water
50g dark chocolate (optional)
Method (1) Soak the chestnuts overnight
(2) Take off any remaining peel
(3) Put the chestnuts in a pot and add all the ingredients
(4) Cover with water
(5) Leave to boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 45 mins or until the chestnuts are tender. If necessary add some boiling water.