Spoon Sweets

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.  […]

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Figs is one of my favourite summer fruit.  However in order to make the preserve the figs should not be ripe. Living in Athens it’s not easy to have access to unripe figs unless you own a fig tree. A few weeks ago, when we went to Sparta, there was a fig tree in the […]

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Continue reading about Glyko Sykalaki kai Marmelada Syko (Fig Spoon Sweet and Fig Jams)

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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Continue reading about Glyko Karpouzi – Watermelon Rind Preserve (spoon sweet)

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 […]

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Continue reading about Glyko Bergamonto (Bergamot spoon sweet)

Ivy on February 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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  Nerantzi, called kitromilo (or kitromilaki for the small ones) in Cyprus, (bitter oranges or Seville Oranges), Citrus  aurantium belong to the citrus family but they are not edible because of their bitterness.  However, they can be made into three kinds of preserves.  When it is in blossom, when it is green the whole fruit is preserved and […]

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Continue reading about Kitromilaki or Nerantzi Glyko (Bitter Orange 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 18th, 2007

Although I have already given a few recipes for spoon sweets (fruit preserves), I forgot to mention how we know if the syrup is ready. It is very important for spoon sweets and jams that the syrup has the proper density. If we have doubts and don’t know if the syrup is ready this is […]

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Ivy on November 17th, 2007

When preparing spoon sweets we must be sure that the syrup is just right neither too watery nor too thick. Usually if they are not thick enough if they are left outside the refrigerator they will get mildew and if they are too thick the sugar will crystallize. In any case there is no need […]

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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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