Glyka Tou Koutaliou

Ivy on December 21st, 2011

During the Christmas period, I indulge into using more butter than I use throughout the whole year.  But then what would Christmas be without making cookies and other desserts?   After six months of diet I have learned to restrain myself  and until today I have only tried a small piece from each to see […]


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Ivy on June 4th, 2010

The strawberry season is almost ending and now you can get them quite cheap.   If you like having strawberries, year round (not that they’ll last so long) you can preserve them.   Imagine eating your ice cream with strawberries and strawberry syrup in August, or making strawberry panna cotta in winter.  The leftover syrup is a […]


Continue reading about Strawberries and Apricots Spoon Sweet

I suppose most of you  will be surprised seeing eggplants served as a sweet.  I know that my Greek friends have eaten or heard of melitzanaki glyko.  I had to share with you a twist I made to this traditional recipe, in which I added grenadine, not only for the lovely taste, but also to […]


Continue reading about Glyko Melitzanaki me Grenadini (Eggplant with Grenadine Spoon Sweet)

Ivy on February 14th, 2009

I love making spoon sweets and every time I write about one I end up saying that it is my favourite.  Each one has a different taste and when raw even if it is bitter like the walnuts or citrus or tasteless like water melon rind, when it is done it is transformed into something […]


Continue reading about Glyko Milo (apple spoon sweet)

Quince is one of my favourite spoon sweets and I made it three times this year.  The first and second time I made it the same way as I had previously posted the recipe and my children loved it. My son who was coming from Switzerland for the Christmas holidays told me that he wanted […]


Continue reading about Glyko Kydoni kai Kastano (Quince and Chestnut spoon sweet)

Ivy on December 1st, 2008

In Greece and Cyprus we like preserving fruits and you can make what we call glyka tou koutaliou (spoon sweets) with anything you can imagine. We make glyka tou koutaliou with fruit, flowers, vegetables and nuts. Quince is one of my favourite fruit preserves and this was the first time I attempted to make some.  […]


Continue reading about Glyko Kydoni me Amygdala (Quince Spoon Sweet)

Glyka tou Koutaliou, which translates as “spoon sweets” are fruit preserves, served in a spoon (occasionally with a small fork) as a gesture of hospitality. They can be made from almost any fruit, though sour and bitter fruits are especially prized. There are even spoon sweets made from vegetables such as carrots, eggplants, tomatoes etc. […]


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Ivy on February 21st, 2008

Bergamots (Citrus aurantium) can be found in Greece, Cyprus, Italy, and other Mediterranean countries. Bergamot originated in Asia and is a small tree with long, oval green leaves with white flowers, which blossom during the spring. The bergamot bears a small fruit which matures early January and is about the size of an orange but […]


Continue reading about Glyko Bergamonto (Bergamot spoon sweet)

Ivy on November 19th, 2007

Sour cherries (Prunus cerasus), is a species of Prunus in the subgenus Cerasus (cherries), native to much of Europe and southwest Asia. It is closely related to the wild cherry (P. avium), but has a fruit that is more acidic and so is useful primarily for cooking.   Wild cherries have been documented by  the Greeks as early as […]


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Ivy on November 16th, 2007

Glyka tou koutaliou, which are traditional, homemade, spoons sweets are slowly disappearing.   Working housewives have so little time to spare that they can’t devote to such time consuming work and prefer to buy them from supermarkets. As a result, traditional recipes are gradually being forgotten and whatever spoon sweets are made and consumed are all […]


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