Greek Traditional Dessert

Apricots in syrup

- Remove the stones from the apricots and leave in the lime water for two hours.
- In a saucepan boil for 10 minutes the sugar with 2.5 cups of water and the half of the lemon juice.
- Leave to cool.
- Wash the apricots well to...

Baked cream pie

- Bring 9 cups of milk to the boil in a saucepan together with the sugar and the vanilla flavor.
- Dissolve the semolina in the remaining cold milk and add this to the pan stirring continuously.
- Bring to the boil and cook until the...

Baked custard pie (Galaktompoureko)

- Boil the milk in a saucepan along with the sugar and the lemon or orange peel.
- Stirring continuously, add the semolina and brink to the boil.
- Remove the pan from the heat, take out the peel and add the beaten eggs.
- Place...

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...

Candied sour orange peel

- Select brightly colored oranges, wash and rub the peel lightly with a grater.
- Score the peel into four pieces and cut it off with a knife.
- Wash the pieces well, roll into cylinder shapes and fasten using a needle and thread,...

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.

Easter sweet bread

- Dissolve the yeast with a spoon of sugar and half a cup of lukewarm milk.
- Stir well and add 5 spoonfuls of flour, to make a mixture resembling batter.
- Sprinkle a spoonful of flour over the mixture, cover the bowl with a towel...


- Beat the oil with the sugar very well.
- Add the wine, water, sesame seeds cinnamon and flour.
- Stir everything together well and then pour the mixture into a buttered baking dish.
- Bake the cake in a preheated oven for 45...


- 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...

Grape must cookies

- Beat the oil with the sugar.
- Add the orange juice, baking powder, cinnamon, soda, clove powder and grape must.
- Stir and add the flour.
- Mix to form a dough which can be easily worked and shape into cookies.
- Place...

Honey dipped cookies

- Mix the oil and the sugar using an electric mixer.
- Add the orange zest, the orange juice, the baking powder, the cinnamon, the clove powder, 1 cup walnuts and the brandy and blend well.
- Add the semolina stir well and finally add...

Honey puffs

- Dissolve the yeast in lukewarm water. Put the flour and the salt in a bowl and gradually add the dissolved yeast mixing by hand. 
- Next, gradually add some lukewarm water until you have a paste that is neither too fluid nor too thick. ...


- Place the ground walnuts in a bowl with five spoons of sugar and one spoonful cinnamon and stir.
- Open out the kantaifi pastry, place in a baking dish and pour all over one cup of butter all over it.
- Taking a little of the pastry...


- In a bowl, mix the walnuts, the sugar and the cinna¬mon. Next, take a small amount of «kataifi» pastry and spread it into narrow strips. 
- Place one tablespoon of the walnut mix on one end of the pastry strip and roll it up tightly into...


- 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.

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...

Plaited breads (Tradlitloiniall Easter Βreads)

- Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm water. Add a teacup of flour and beat the mix by hand, until it is smooth. 
- Cover the yeast mix with a towel and place it in a warm place to rise. 
- Slightly heat the milk, the sug¬ar, the...

Rabbit ragout

- Cut the rabit into small pieces, wash well and drain. Heat the oil in a pot and add the pieces of hare. 
- Next, add the onions, which have been peeled but left whole, and let them saute along with the hare for about 10 minutes.


- Beat the butter and the sugar well and add the eggs, stirring all the time.
- Add the zest, baking powder, semolina and the flour and stir well.
- Pour into a buttered baking dish and smooth out (the mixture should be about three...

Sesame seed honey blocks

- Clean the sesame seeds and bake in hot oven until they begin to turn brown.
- In a saucepan boil the honey with the sugar until it caramelizes.
- Add the sesame seeds immediately, stir and remove the pan from the heat.


- 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,...

Smyrna New Year’s bread

- Beat the butter, sugar, 2 egg yolks and the orange zest very well and at the end add the orange juice.
- Mix the flour with the salt and the baking powder and then add this to the mixture and knead until firm dough is formed.

Sour cherries in syrup

- Remove the cherry stalks and the stones, using a special implement.
- Wash the stones in the water, stir and drain, retaining the water.
- Pour the water into a saucepan and boil with the sugar and the cherries over a low heat....

Sour oranges in syrup

- Using a special implement, make a hole in each orange and remove the pips.
- Wash the oranges, place in a saucepan with plenty of water and boil until soften and can easily be pricked with a fork.
- Drain and place in cold water for...

Sweet «pleats»

- Beat the eggs in the mixer for 5 minutes. Add the ouzo, the baking soda (or baking powder), the lemon juice and the flour. 
- Remove from the mixer and knead by hand until you have a tough dough. Cover the dough and let it stand for two...

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...


- Beat the butter and the sugar together.
- Add the eggs and the cocoa powder and stir for five minutes.
- Add the milk, the baking powder, the walnuts and the flour.
- Turn the mixture out into a buttered baking dish and bake...


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