Thursday, January 27, 2011

Melomakarona (Greek olive oil cookie)

Greece is know for their olive oil. Almost all the Greek dishes seem to have olive oil in a way or another... And, their sweet is not an exception.

This sweet and spicy cookie, soaked in honey syrup is eaten at Christmas time. Because it doesn't contain butter, but uses olive oil instead, the texture is lighter. It's a fun to see the cookies sucking the syrup in when they are soaked in it.

Sweetness of the honey syrup is a real treat on a cold day;)


Flour 120g
Semolina flour 50g
Baking soda 1tsp
Sugar 65g
Olive oil 110g
Orange juice 45 ml
Brandy 1tsp
Cinnamon powder 1/2 tsp
Salt pinch
Sugar 100g
Honey 100g
Water 100g
Cinnamon 1/2 tsp
Glove 1/3 tsp

1. In a bowl combine orange juice and baking powder.
2. In a separate bowl combine flour, semolina flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon powder.
3. Pour 1, olive oil and brandy into 2. Knead until the dough sticks together.
4. Take a ping-pong ball size of dough and make an oval shape.
5. Place a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes in the pre-heated oven(180ยบ).
6. When the biscuit is cooled, make the syrup.
7. Put all the ingredients for the syrup in a pan. Let the syrup boil for a few minutes, and the turn the heat off.
8. Put the biscuits in the pan to soak them in the syrup for 30 seconds.
9. Take the biscuits out and sprinkle chopped nuts. Pour the syrup over again.

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