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tomipark

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Koulourakia are braided cookies that are super simple and a Greek classic. They are pretty popular throughout the year and can be found at pretty much any Greek bakery. But they are customary during the winter, and especially for Christmas and New Years. They taste really great when they're dipped in coffee, hot chocolate, tea with milk or pretty much any hot winter drink that you like! Here are some classic recipes I have found online...

 

ladytina

Member
This is actually my favorite Greek cookie for the holidays! I love having it at Christmas, it feels so festive. Someone told me once that they are considered the "celebration" cookie, so I started to serve it at all happy occasions, and for me, Christmas is one of those. It also tastes great with coffee!
 
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kef_john68

New member
I agree! I love koulourakia, as well! This is great anytime of the year, but there is something special about eating it this time of year. I am not sure, but I think my family uses orange zest around Christmas to give it a different flavor.
 
This is actually my favorite Greek cookie for the holidays! I love having it at Christmas, it feels so festive. Someone told me once that they are considered the "celebration" cookie, so I started to serve it at all happy occasions, and for me, Christmas is one of those. It also tastes great with coffee!
I know! For me, I actually like to dip my koulourakia in mulled wine! I drink mulled wine during the holidays, spiced with plenty of cinnamon and sweetened with honey, and the cookies are a perfect complement.
 

k_tsoukalas

Moderator
I love these all year long, especially with coffee. I also associated them with Easter, though, and sometimes think of them as the Easter cookie! I use orange zest for mine and I love it, but I do play with the flavors a bit and tend to put a lot of cinnamon in my Christmas versions.
 

How to make a gyro completely from scratch

Making gyros can be pretty simple… but also pretty complicated. If you're in the mood for a challenge, I recommend that you check out this video and try making all of the different parts of a gyro from scratch. This is what I like to do if I have a little extra time on my hands, and want to impress my family lol. Of course, ordering takeout is always a great option, especially if you're supporting a local Greek business.

Mastic ice cream is the best dessert for summer

Greek mastic ice cream is one of the best summer desserts. It has such a unique flavor, and is made from traditional Greek ingredients. You can usually find this ice cream packaged in a grocery store, from a Greek pastry store, and some people even make it at home. If you would like to try to, here are some recipes that you can use.

Have you ever made Greek fruit soaked in wine and honey?

This is one of the easiest and fastest Greek recipes that you can make! All you need is seasonal fruit, your favorite Greek sweet wine, some honey, and any spices that you prefer. I like to use a Greek honey as well, and if I can find it I will use pine tree honey. It has an amazing aromatic flavor. Here is my recipe

  • 1/2 cups sweet red wine such as mavrodaphne
  • 4 tbs honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice (fresh is best)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups seasonal fruit of your choice
First, you need to cut up your fruits and then make the mixture separately. Drizzle the mixture on top of the fruit, and there you have it! It's best serve chilled from the fridge and even on top of yogurt.

How to make a refreshing watermelon drink for the summer!

Now that it's heating up, I thought it would be very helpful for everyone in the World Wide Greeks community to make a watermelon drink for the summer! Whether you are going to be in Greece or in your home country, you can still make this drink. I must say though, that the water melons in Greece can't be beat! The recipe is very simple, and doesn't require much preparation. Here it is...

-Cut up 1 whole watermelon and blend in a blender in batches
-If the mixture is very thick, you can add water to your liking so that it is more like a juice rather than a smoothie
-if you like, you can add many different flavour variations like mint, orange juice, or lemon. I prefer mint :)
-Strain to remove seeds
-Add ice and serve!

How to make homemade Greek sausages

Greek sausages are fresh and fragrant. You can make these sausages out of any type of ground meat, but the most traditional way is ground pork. I like to use chicken for breakfast sausages but pork for when I'm having a barbecue with guests over. I like to get fresh ground meat from the butcher, with about 15-20% of fat. The more fat, the juicer the sausages will be. Keep in mind that if you're using a leaner cut of meat, you will want to keep an eye on the cook time so that they don't dry out. Here is my favorite recipe. It's in Greek but I use a google translate add on to understand it.

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