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Melomakarona, Greek Christmas honey cookies

Greece ● 03 December 2016
 

The traditional Greek Christmas cookies with honey, melomakarona, are together with kourampiedes the most popular delicacy during Christmas holidays in Greece. They are sweet, soft, moist and flavoursome, and they taste like Christmas. If you want to realise that the best time of the year has come, this recipe is the simplest way. Just follow the steps, and you will prepare the most delicious honey cookies that everyone will adore.

Melomakarona

Ingredients for the melomakarona

150g. semolina

500g. flour

1/2 tbsp. baking powder

100g. orange juice

3 tbsps. cognac

100g. sugar

1 tbsp. cinnamon

1/3 tsp. nutmeg

1/3 tsp. clove

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tbsp. soda

90g. water

125g. olive oil

125g. vegetable oil

50g. honey

zest of 2 oranges


Ingredients for the syrup

400g. water

800g. sugar

120g. glucose

2 cinnamon sticks

3 whole cloves

1 orange

250g. honey


Ingredients to garnish

200g. walnuts

cinnamon

clove


Preparation

1. Make the syrup first. In a pot, add all its ingredients, except the honey, and boil them for 3-4 minutes until the sugar is dissolved. Then, add the honey and let the syrup to cool completely.

2. For the dough, put in a bowl the semolina, the flour and the baking powder, and blend them with a whisk.

3. In another bowl, add the orange juice, the spices (nutmeg, clove, vanilla and cinnamon), the cognac and the sugar. At the end, add the baking soda and blend for 10 seconds until the soda starts to foam. Pour then the orange zest, the water, the oil and the honey.

4. Combine the two mixtures (step 2 and 3). Knead the dough with your hands until it is smooth and soft. Do not overwork the dough or add more flour than is needed because that will make the melomakarona tough.

5. Preheat the oven at 180 C. and shape the cookies on a parchment paper. Make a smooth, oblong shape like an egg, and place them on the baking tray.

6. Bake for 20 minutes until the melomakarona are lightly browned.

7. When the cookies are ready, place them in the bowl with the syrup and leave them there for 20 seconds.

8. Garnish the melomakarona and then, store them at room temperature. They will last until January when the Christmas holidays are over.



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