Monday, 17 December 2018
Sticky and sweet
The aroma wafting through our house today is not the smell of stale ashes and wood smoke but the tempting, delicious scent of rosewater, cinnamon, oranges and cloves.
The traditonal greek Christmas sweets around here are kourabiethes and melomakarona.
light and crumbly almond biscuits, sprayed with rosewater and covered in powdered sugar (icing sugar)
made with oil, brandy, (koniak), orange juice, cinnamon and cloves. These are dipped in a honey syrup and covered in crushed walnuts
Many little hands make light work
The two younger grandaughters came to help mix and shape the biscuits/cookies
The boys are no longer interested in domestic stuff
Oranges from our trees in the garden
The first batch of almond biscuits are rolled in icing sugar
These exotika are popping up everywhere. This one is a tealight holder. Scandanavian culture is popular this year. First we had hygge and now we have their exotika
Melomakarona before and after
The ones on the tray at the bottom have just come out of the oven. The first batch was a slight disaster. They were left in the honey syrup too long and fell too pieces. Can't give those away. We'll have to eat them ourselves! Only a 'few thousand' calories and a 'kilo' of sugar in each one
And a pile of kourabiethes
There is no sneak-eating of these little delights. The icing sugar gets everywhere and if it doesn't just linger on the lips and chin, you'll find fine white dust sticking to your clothes. Not easy to say 'no Mum, I didn't eat one, wasn't me'.
Small boys find great delight in holding them up and blowing powdered sugar all over your face. Avoid 'boys' of all ages when in the firing line of fine-sugar coated sweets