Greek Easter Cookies – Koulourakia

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Koulourakia (Greek: κουλουράκια) are traditional Greek cookies, typically made at Easter to be eaten after Holy Saturday.

They are a butter-based pastry, traditionally hand-shaped, with egg glaze on top. They have a sweet delicate flavor with a hint of vanilla. Koulourakia are well known for their sprinkle of sesame seeds and distinctive ring shape. In fact, the word is the diminutive form for a ring-shaped loaf or lifebelt. These pastries were also often shaped like small snakes by the Minoans, as they worshiped the snake for its healing powers. Read more...

10 traditional Greek desserts to salivate over

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Greek desserts are exactly what you need with an after-dinner Greek coffee. Here is a list of our top 10 ones.

1. Loukoumi (Λουκούμι) – The Greek version of “Turkish Delight”

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2. Revani (Ρεβανί) – A moist and delicious semolina cake

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3. Pasteli (Παστέλι) – Nut bar with honey. Sesame bar is the most popular. 

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4.Bougatsa (Μπουγάτσα) – A cream filled phyllo pastry 

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5. Spoon Sweet (Γλυκό του κουταλιού) – Fruits or nuts preserves in sugary syrup.

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6. Karidopita (Καρυδόπιτα) – A mouthwatering moist walnut cake

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7. Galatopita (Γαλατόπιτα) – A baked semolina and custard pie

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8. Portokalopita (Πορτοκαλόπιτα) – A delicious sweet orange phyllo pie

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9. Ekmek Kadaifi (Εκμέκ Κανταΐφι) – Shredded wheat pastry topped with two creams

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10. Moustalevria (Μουσταλευριά) – A grape must pudding with roasted sesame seeds

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Bougatsa Recipe

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  • Bougatsa (μπουγάτσα) is a Greek plyllo pastrie filled with custard cream. It is a Greeks favorite snack, breakfast, or even dessert, perfect for any time of the day. Although this seems like a difficult sweet to make it is actually an easy one. It takes about 30 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook. Here is our favorite recipe with detailed instructions.

Ingredients:

  • 1egg, room temperature
  • 1egg yolk, room temperature
  • 59.14ml sugar
  • 354.88ml whole milk
  • 59.14ml semolina (farina)
  • 118.29ml butter, cut into bits
  • 9.85ml fresh lemon juice
  • 1lemon, zest of
  • 2.46ml vanilla extract
  • 8-10phyllo pastry, thawed, covered with dampened towel
  • 118.29ml butter, melted
  • icing sugar
  • cinnamon
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DIRECTIONS

  1. Beat eggs until frothy; beat in sugar until thick and foamy, about 4 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Heat milk in medium pot until hot but not boiling.
  3. Remove from heat and whisk into egg mixture in a thin stream until all the milk mixture is used up – never stop whisking.
  4. Pour custard mixture back into pot and set on medium-low heat; cook, stirring constantly, about 3-4 minutes.
  5. Gradually sprinkle in semolina, letting it flow out of your hand in a thin stream; add a pinch of salt.
  6. Reduce heat to very low, cook, stirring constantly, until thick and smooth, about 5-6 minutes. Whisk in pieces of cut up butter, incorporating completely into the semolina custard.
  7. Remove, place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the custard and cool completely.
  8. When cool, stir in juice, lemon zest and vanilla.
  9. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  10. Unroll one sheet of phyllo, keeping remainder covered with dampened kitchen towel.
  11. Place on a work surface, with narrow end facing you.
  12. Brush lightly with melted butter.
  13. Place 3 tbsp of custard on lower 1/3 of phyllo.
  14. Using a thin, flexible spatula, spread custard into a wide rectangle, approximately 10×5 inches, nearly covering lower third of phyllo.
  15. Fold right and left sides of phyllo towards center so that edges just meet; lightly brush folded sides with butter.
  16. Fold lower third up and brush with butter.
  17. Fold upper third down and brush with butter.
  18. It should now look like an envelope.
  19. Place on a lightly buttered baking sheet and repeat envelope-making procedure 7-9 more times (depending on how many bougatsa you are making).
  20. Brush tops of bougatsa with any remaining butter and bake until golden-brown, about 15-18 minutes.
  21. Let cool 20 minutes before serving.
  22. Serve warm, dusted with icing sugar (you should see a coating of the icing sugar) and cinnamon.

 The above recipe is from Greek.Food.com

There are also other sweet or savory variations such as, mince meat bougatsa, spinach bougatsa, feta cheese bougatsa. 

 
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Submarine desserts, the ideal dessert for a hot summer

Submarine dessert (ypovrichio) is a traditional Greek sweet spoon served in a glass of iced water. Once dipped into water it gets softer and easier to eat it. You lick it slowly and then you leave the spoon in the water for a little while, and lick it again, leave the spoon in the water and so on. Once finished you drink the water in the glass.

The most popular flavours are the vanilla submarine and mastic (Chios Mastiha) submarine. These delicious sweet spoons are also sold online.

 Tip: Dip a spoon of Submarine dessert in ouzo for an ultimate experience