- Food plays a big , if not the biggest, part in Greek Christmas .
- Melomakarona and kourabiedes are something to wait for all year long.I remember having these for the holidays for as long as I’ve been able to eat solid food .
- Here is the original recipe for melomakarona by Βάγια, my mother …YOU ARE WELCOME 🙂
- 1 cup of fresh orange juice
- scrap of the oranges
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 2 cups of corn oil
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- ¼ cup of brandy
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 7 ½ cups of flour
- 500 gr of walnuts
- 2 cups of honey
- 2 cups of water
- 2 cups of sugar
- 1 stick of cinnamon
- 4-5 cloves
* All the measurements should be made with the same cup .
How to do it …
Dissolve the baking soda and the scraps into the cup of orange juice.Add all the other ingredients and the flour ,a cup at a time, until you get a rather firm dough (you may need a bit more or less than the amount of flour mentioned in the ingredients list).Use your hands to do the mixing.
Roll the dough into cylinders, about two inches long and one inch in diameter, flatten them with your hands, and place them on cookie sheets .Bake at 180 Celcious Degrees for about 25-30 minutes.Remove the cookies from the oven , wait a little bit to get colder and pour hot syrup over them.
Lay the cookies out in a rimmed baking pan large enough to contain them and pour the hot syrup over the cookies, sprinkle them with the chopped walnuts and let them soak overnight.
For the syrup: mix the sugar, honey ,water, cinnamon stick ant the cloves and bring to a boil.Cook on low heat for5 minutes and skim off the foam that forms on top.
The next day put them on your prettiest platter, sprinkle each layer evenly with the finely chopped walnuts and wrap with plastic wrap (or put in an airtight container) and serve.
Merry Christmas !