Almond cookies

- Grind the almonds to a powder in a electric blender.
- Add to the sugar the bread crumbs, the lightly beaten egg-whites and three spoonfuls of rosewater and mix to form smooth dough.
- Using your hands, shape pieces of the dough...


- Coarsely chop the almonds and mix with the sugar and mix with the sugar and the cinnamon.
- Add the brandy, bread crumbs and mix well.
- Lay the pastry out on a work surface and cut into three strips.
- Melt the butter and...

Baked halva

- In a blender mix the butter with the sugar and then the eggs one by one.
- Blend for 3 minutes and add the baking powder, the flour and the semolina.
- Pour in the milk and add the almonds stirring continuously.
- Pour the...


- Mix the ground almonds with the sugar and the cinnamon.
- Butter a rectangular baking dish measuring 33cm x 23cm and lay in 2 sheets of the filo pastry, buttering each one separately.
- Sprinkle with half a cup of the mixture and...

Constantinople’s New Year bread

- Dissolve the yeast in a bowl with the lukewarm milk, add a cup of flour and stir until the mixture forms a thick paste.
- Leave to rise for about one hour.
- Add the sugar, mahlep, salt, butter and three eggs followed by the flour,...

Cream kataifi

- Open out the kataifi filo pastry, lay in a buttered baking dish, sprinkle with half of the butter and bake in a preheated oven at 350oF for 15 minutes.
- Make the syrup by boiling 7oz of sugar with 5oz of water for five minutes.

Duck with potatoes and chestnuts

- Clean and wash the duck. Drain it and season with salt and pepper. Boil the chestnuts and remove both their outer and inner coverings (shell and skin). 
- Break the almonds into big pieces and mix them with the raisins, the chestnuts, the...

Eggplants in syrup

- Remove the stems from the eggplants, score each one length-wise down the middle and boil in the water with the lemon juice for about 15 minutes.
- Drain, place into cold water and leave for three hour, changing the water several times....


- Mix the almonds, bread crumbs, sugar, lemon zest, cinnamon and the egg.
- Cut the pastry sheets into strips 10cm wide.
- Take a strip of pastry, brush it with butter, fold it in half and place on it a spoonful of the filling in the...

Greek tradhitiioinial Chirstmas biscuits

- Let the butter soften and cream it for 15 minutes, until it begins to turn white. 
- Add the egg yolks, the baking soda, the baking powder, the almonds, the brandy, and, finally, gradually add the flour, until you have a dough that is...


- Heat the oil in a frying pan. Gradually, add the flour and the cinnamon stirring constantly, until the semolina looks dark brown. 
- In the meantime, prepare the syrup by boiling the water and the sugar for about 10 minutes. 
- Pour...


- Beat the butter with half cup of the icing sugar well, until light and to became almost white.
- Add the lemon zest, baking powder and the ground almonds.
- Add the flour and mix to form dough which can be easily worked.

Lamb with plums

- Wash the lamb, strain and cut it into small portions. Place the meat portions in a bowl, add salt and pepper, the onion and the juice of one lemon and marinate for an hour.
- Drain the lamb and saute it in a pot with butter. 
- Next...


- Combine the ground almonds, sugar, and vanilla or almond extract in a bowl. 
- Sprinkle the mixture with the lemon juice and rose water, if using, or add the jam. Using a fork, gradually stir in the beaten egg whites, a little at a time,...

New Year’s yeast bread

- Dissolve the yeast in eight spoonfuls of lukewarm milk.
- Add two heaped spoons of flour and a spoonful of sugar and stir well.
- Cover the bowl with a towel and leave in a warm place for about half an hour so that the yeast can...


- In a bowl mix the ground walnuts and almonds, sesame, sugar, cinnamon and the clove powder.
- Take two of the pastry sheets, brush each one with butter and lay one of top of the other.
- Sprinkle the prepared mixture over the top...


- Mix the flour with the butter, soda, a little salt and enough water to make elastic dough.
- Roll out the dough to a thickness of half cm and cut out into circles.
- Coarsely chop the almonds and walnuts and mix with the sugar,...

Syrup semolina cake steeped in syrup

- Beat the butter and the sugar together; add the eggs and continue beating, until frothy. 
- Next add the semolina, the almonds and the cinnamon. Mix well, until the mixture is not lumpy. 
- Spread the mixturse evenly in a buttered...

«Fyllo» pastry stuffed with heavily spiced almonds

- In a bowl, mix the pounded almonds, the sugar and the cinnamon. 
- Butter a small pan and lay a few sheets of «fyllo» pastry onto it brushing each one with but¬ter. 
- Next, spread a small amount of the almond mix over the «fyllo»...

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