maltese sesame bread recipe for a geography unit study

Malta Unit Study

Back in December I decided we would study four small countries. There are several countries in Europe that are basically the size of a city, so I looked around my list and decided for sure we need to go through a Malta Unit Study, especially since our family campaign had just left Malta, and so we’d learned a whole lot about the small island. So, without further ado, here’s our Malta unit study as part of our geography lessons.

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Malta books and resources

I’m sure you’re all shocked that our library pretty much had no books on Malta. After all, it’s about the same size as the city of Austin.

This means our primary way to learn about Malta was to watch Geography Now, which we now watch sometimes just for fun.

I’m not weird.


Malta Unit Study

Like I said, there isn’t really a lot of books for this and while there is a lot of history for this country, it was a waystation for crusaders, and it did act as a hospital, and a whole bunch of other cool stuff.

But I couldn’t really figure out how to make that into a notebooking page.

Malta unit study

Which means, our pages for Malta are literally just the pages from the Europe Notebooking pages.

Since Batman was making a recipe a day for his individual project for November I sent him a list of Malta recipes and then asked him to pick a recipe to try.

Which led to our

Malta Recipe

Maltese sesame bread recipe as part of Malta unit study #geography #cookingaroundtheworld #recipe

Somehow or other I’ve lost the recipe Batman picked. So I’ve decided to make a brand new recipe, so I’ll be back in a little bit with some amazing Malta cookie recipe.


Maltese sesame biscuit

Malta sesame recipe to cook with kids

All of the units were in grams, so after using my kitchen scale, I measured it out with a cup measurement, for anyone else like me who doesn’t usually measure out their ingredients.

  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • pinch of ground fennel seed (the recipe I found said aniseed, but I didn’t have that, this was recommended as a substitute)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • heaping 1/3 cup sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds


  1. First mix together all of the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and the spices.
  2. In a separate bowl mix together the olive oil, sugar, lemon zest, 1 egg, and 3 tablespoons water.
  3. Then slowly mix it all together until it forms a dough.
  4. Now, I know half of my family doesn’t like sesame seeds on anything, at this point I divided the dough in half, and the first half I formed into breadsticks without dipping them in the sesame seeds.
  5. The other half, I formed into small breadsticks (about as long as my finger), and then rolled them in the sesame seeds.
  6. Then cook it at 350 for 20 minutes.

Maltese sesame bread recipe

And there you go, it was amazingly simple, and I used them as a snack for when we watched Austenland, and I’d describe it less as a bread and more of a dry biscuit. It would be perfect to serve at tea with your friends.

Look, I’ve got recipe cards now! Isn’t that cool?

Yield: 24

Maltese Sesame Bread

Maltese sesame bread recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 1/3 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • pinch of ground anise
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • heaping 1/3 cup sugar
  • zest of a lemon
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix together flour, baking powder, and spices.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together olive oil, sugar, egg, and water.
  4. Slowly add the wet to the dry ingredients, stirring until it is all mixed together.
  5. Shape into about 24 small breadsticks, and then roll them in the sesame seeds.
  6. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.

maltese sesame bread recipe for a geography unit study

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One response to “Malta Unit Study”

  1. The bread looks delicious. Malta is one of the places that I have sadly missed while I lived in Europe…

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