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kcixcy

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I just recently ate some Fig spoon sweets that I found in a Greek store and they were delicious. My family only just made the kind with the orange peel... Since then, I have tried a bunch. I thought I'd share some of my favorites. I do make some of them, too, but I would much rather buy them.

1. Figs Spoon Sweet:

Also known as Sikomaida, this is my favorite one! This delicious sweet is made with fresh figs and sugar and is flavored with cinnamon, cloves, and lemon juice. The combination of sweet and tangy flavors makes it a perfect accompaniment to coffee or tea. The best part is that the figs retain their texture, which makes it a delightful experience to eat.

2. Cherry Spoon Sweet:

Another popular Greek spoon sweet is the cherry spoon sweet, also known as Vissinada. This sweet is made with fresh cherries and sugar, with a hint of spice added in the form of cloves and cinnamon. The cherries are pitted before being cooked, so you can enjoy this sweet without worrying about the pits. This one isn't my top favorite, but it's still delicious. I have to be in the mood.

3. Quince Spoon Sweet:

Quinces are a popular fruit in Greece, and the spoon sweet made from them is a real delicacy. Known as Kydoni in Greek, this sweet is made with fresh quince that is cooked with sugar, lemon juice, and honey. The result is a sweet and tangy flavor that is unique to this fruit. The added aroma of cinnamon and cloves make it a perfect sweet to eat on a cold winter’s day. This one was an unexpected surprise to me. m

4. Orange Spoon Sweet:

This one is the one my family makes. This sweet is made with fresh oranges that are cut into small pieces and cooked with sugar, cinnamon, and cloves. This results in a sweet and tangy flavor that is perfect for those who love the taste of oranges.

5. Grape Spoon Sweet:

The grape spoon sweet, also known as Moustalevria, is a delicious sweet that is made with fresh grapes. The grapes are boiled and then passed through a sieve to remove the seeds. The resulting grape juice is then cooked with sugar and cornstarch to make a sweet pudding-like dessert. The grape spoon sweet is popular in the fall when the grapes are harvested, and the sweet grape flavor is the perfect way to end a meal. This is another interesting one, and I think it might be my second favorite.
 
My personal favorite is the orange one. I have a friend who makes a grape one and that is delicious, too. She mixes in walnuts with the grapes to give the whole thing a texture change! Spoon sweets are delicious and easy to make.
 
Thank you for sharing your favorite Greek spoon sweets! It's wonderful to hear about the variety and richness of flavors in these traditional desserts. Each one, much like the unique preparation methods and ingredients that go into a London broil slow cooker recipe, seems to have its own distinct combination of flavors, making them a delightful treat for different occasions.
 
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The one I like most and use on yogurt, ice cream and cheesecake is cherry spoon sweet. Delish!
 

Ordering at a Greek taverna?

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Any recommendations on must-try dishes or drinks? Are there any customs or etiquette I should be aware of? I'd love to hear your tips on what to order, how to enjoy the meal, and any local secrets that can make my visit memorable.

Thanks in advance! I want to try to have a traditional experience there.

Fresh Ingredients in Greek Cuisine?

I've recently developed a keen interest in Greek cuisine and I'm curious about the role of fresh ingredients in traditional Greek dishes. From what I've seen and read, it seems like fresh, high-quality ingredients are crucial for achieving the authentic flavors of Greek meals.

I have a feeling that it is the freshness of the ingredients that really makes Greek cuisine special. The problem is, I am trying to figure out how to recreate that in the United States where I live. I know I can have a garden, but besides that, what other advice do you have? I could always go to farmer's markets...

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I am fascinated by the variety of delicious cheeses. Of course, I love Feta - but even with Feta cheese there are some differences - even with the imported Feta I can find. When going to the Greek store near me I noticed here are so many cheeses I haven't tried yet (except for maybe at a restaurant, and I didn't rally pay attention when I was there).

I’d love to hear from you all – what’s your favorite Greek cheese variety and why? Whether it’s a cheese you like to eat on its own, use in recipes, or pair with wine, share your thoughts and experiences!

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Gluten Free Pastries in Greek Cooking?

I'm looking to make some traditional Greek pastries, but I need them to be gluten-free. Has anyone here tried this before? Specifically, I’m interested in making gluten-free versions of popular pastries like baklava, kourabiedes, or loukoumades.

Here are a few questions I have:
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  2. Texture and Taste: How do the gluten-free versions compare to the traditional ones in terms of texture and taste?
  3. Recipe Adjustments: Are there any specific adjustments or tips for adapting these recipes to be gluten-free without compromising too much on authenticity?
  4. Personal Favorites: Does anyone have a tried-and-true gluten-free Greek pastry recipe they would recommend?
I appreciate any advice or recipes you can share. This is a pretty tricky thing to navigate.

Most iconic dishes in Greek cuisine?

I love cooking Greek and I have my favorites and so does my family. We love - spanakopita, avgolemono, souvlaki, keftedes, dolmades, yemista, and I few more. I am curious, which dishes are iconic and you can't live without?

I’d love to hear your recommendations, especially for:
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  • Must-try appetizers
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Thank you in advance for your suggestions!
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