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Merry Christmas - A great recipe for the famous Greek Christmas Cookies called Melomakarona
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Merry Christmas - A great recipe for the famous Greek Christmas Cookies called Melomakarona

Merry Christmas everyone,

What a great way to celebrate Christmas the Greek way by way of making the most delicious Greek honey Cookies called Melomakarona. These Christmas cookies are cruncy on the outside and soft and scrumptious on the inside.  They are made from flour and semolina and they have the aroma of cinammon, cloves and orange.  Trust me you have to try them and they are so easy to make!

Here is the recipe (compliments of a famous Greek Chef Akis Petretzikis)
 

For syrup:

  • 500 ml water
  • 800 g granulated sugar
  • 150 g honey
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 orange, cut in half

 1st mixture:

  • 400 ml orange juice
  • 400 ml sunflower oil
  • 180 ml olive oil
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2-3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • grated zest of 2 oranges

2nd mixture:

  • 1 kilo all-purpose flour
  • 200 g fine semolina

For the syrup:

  • Boil all of the ingredients for the syrup, apart from honey, until sugar melts. Remove from heat. Add the honey and mix till combined.
  • let syrup cool for 3-4 hours. It must be cold by the time the cookies come out from the oven.
  • You can prepare the syrup from the day before...

For the cookies:

  • Preheat the oven to 190* C (370*F) Fan.
  • To make the cookies, you need to prepare 2 separate mixtures.
  • For the first mixture, add all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Mix, using a hand whisk.
  • In a separate bowl, add all of the ingredients for the second mixture.
  • Combine the first and second mixture.
  • Mix by hand, very gently and for a very short time (10 seconds at the most). If you mix longer the mixture will split or curdle.
  • Mold cookie dough into oval shapes, 3-4 cm in long, 30 g each. Try to keep them as similar as possible.
  • Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until they are crunchy and dark golden brown.
  • As soon as you remove them from the oven, soak the hot cookies in the syrup for 10 seconds.
  • Allow them to drain on a wire rack.
  • Drizzle with honey and chopped walnuts.
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