Christmas

Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 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 Δεκεμβρίου 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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Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 23rd, 2012

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 Δεκεμβρίου 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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Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 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 Ιανουαρίου 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 Δεκεμβρίου 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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Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 26th, 2007

Two Saints for Christmas St. Nicholas or St. Basil? Two saints are involved in giving presents to the children, two different persons, both of Greek origin and who were both bishops. One is St. Nicholas or Santa Claus for the West and the other is St. Basil, (in Greek Aghios Vassilios) or as he is […]

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