Almonds

Ivy on Ιουλίου 31st, 2011

It’s been a while since my last post and I just wanted to keep you updated as I will continue my break indefinitely, until I am ready to come back.  I hope that you have missed me as much as I have missed all of you. I am really sorry I haven’t been visiting your […]

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Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 16th, 2009

Pastitsia is a version of Amygalota, which means that this is a coookie with almonds.  It has almost the same same ingredients as a macaron or a macaroon and is crunchy outside, soft inside and chewy. These cookies used to be the traditional confection offered at engagements in Cyprus and weddings in many parts of […]

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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 Δεκεμβρίου 23rd, 2008

Amygdala is the name of almonds in Greek and this dessert is called Amygdalota “all almonds”. There are a few versions either baked or not. These desserts are traditionally made in the Greek islands, shaped liked small pears with a clove inserted on the top and showered with confectioners’ sugar. I did not follow the […]

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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 5th, 2008

Wow, how time flies and it’s time to make the Christmas Cake again.  I have been making this same Christmas Cake for ever, long before I was married.   This year I have decided to change everything. Firstly I’ve changed the decoration. They do not make Christmas Cakes in Greece so I cannot find new […]

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Ivy on Σεπτεμβρίου 17th, 2008

Olive oil is a base for many Greek traditional cookies. There are many kinds of these cookies starting with the famous melomakarona (honey cookies), moustokouloura (must cookies), Sousamokouloura (sesame cookies), krasokouloura (wine cookies) and Ladokouloura (meaning olive oil cookies) , each one having a unique taste according to the ingredients added. Every Friday morning we […]

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Ivy on Φεβρουαρίου 8th, 2008

Christmas and New Year’s Day are not very far away and during the Christmas holidays we cooked and prepared lots of sweets and savory dishes.  After seeing the event of Tuesday leftovers to search our pantries or cupboards and create things from our leftovers I realized how many things I could have prepared out of […]

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Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 4th, 2007

Almond paste is made from ground almonds and sugar, typically 50-55%, with a small amount of cooking oil, beaten eggs, heavy cream or corn syrup added to bind the two ingredients. It is similar to marzipan but marzipan contains more sugar than almond paste, and often contains additional ingredients such as food preserves and food […]

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Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 1st, 2007

  Some cakes which are not part of our culinary habits have been adapted by us and added to our cuisine. Among these cakes is the Christmas cake, which must have been introduced to us when Cyprus was a British Colony. I can remember it from my childhood and I have been doing this recipe […]

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