Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Greek Christmas Honey Cookies- Melomakarona

Hotel Segas is inviting you to try some Greek baking during the festive season by following the recipe & video from one of Greece's most charismatic young chefs Akis Petretzikis 

Today's recipe is "Melomakarona" made with honey, walnuts, cinnamon, orange juice & zest, flour and sugar (no eggs, butter or cream), yummy and very healthy!

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

Merry Christmas &  a Happy New Year!

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