Christmas

Ivy on December 30th, 2014

Another year has passed and here we are with the last post of the year.  I am not going to write a lot because almost each year I post a different kind of Vassilopita.  If you want to learn about the tradition of Vassilopita or who Santa Clause was, you can read about it in […]

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Each year I create the same desserts but I love to let my imagination run wild and turn them into something different each year.  If you are looking for the traditional recipes you will find the links to my recipes at the end. Unconventional Christmas Desserts: Christmas Cake, Melomakarona and Kourabiedes Christmas Cake: I started my Christmas […]

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Ivy on December 25th, 2013

Kourabiedes are Greek shortbread cookies coated with icing sugar. They are usually offered in festivities such as weddings, engagements, name days, Christmas etc. A very significant factor to have tasty kourabiedes lies mainly on the quality of butter used. Ewe’s milk butter or a mixture of ewe’s and goat milk butter is used but if […]

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Ivy on December 21st, 2013

“Melomakarona” (honey cookies) is a traditional recipe made during Christmas.  The cookies are made with olive oil and drenched in a honey syrup, with lots of walnuts on top. Last year I made these unique  Melomakarona which are full with the aroma of mandarin and I have made them again this year with  minor changes. […]

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This year, like every Christmas, I have made some of the traditional Greek desserts I make every year. These melt in your mouth kourabiedes, which are buttery, shortbread cookies, are based on the recipe contained in my cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!  The basic ingredients are the same but this year […]

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Ivy on December 28th, 2011

Vassilopita Tsoureki is a brioche kind of Greek Sweet Bread made for New Year’s Day.  After midnight and the change of the Year, the head of the family cuts this bread (or cake).  Whoever finds the coin is considered to be lucky during the next year.   If you would like to learn more about […]

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In Greece the only time we Roast a Turkey is either on Christmas day or during the New Year.  I always cook it on Christmas Day, so I make all the preparation on Christmas Eve and while everyone is still asleep on Christmas day I roast it in the oven for 3 – 4 hours, […]

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Continue reading about Uses for leftovers – Part II: Our Christmas Dinner Turkey Soup and what to do with leftover Turkey

Ivy on December 10th, 2009

The other night when I was making the Almond Paste for the Christmas cake, I had two egg yolks which I wanted to use.  I decided that the best way to use them was to make a custard cream.  However, I still wanted to make a lovely Espresso Coconut Roulade I saw a few days […]

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Ivy on January 2nd, 2009

Happy New Year!! Vassilopita is our traditional New Year’s cake which is also made as a Sweet Brioche Bread, called “Tsoureki”.  There are many ways to make this cake, so you can learn all about the tradition behind the cake and another recipe in my last year’s post. The traditional recipe is usually an orange flavoured cake […]

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Ivy on December 22nd, 2008

Kourabiedes are similar to shortbread cookies.  There are many recipes of kourabiedes but the main ingredient which gives this traditional Greek cookie its taste is the Greek sheep’s butter.   However, if you cannot find Greek sheep’s butter you can also make them with any other butter you usually use. I have made kourabiedes quite […]

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