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I would love to spend my time in Kefalonia hopping from bakery to bakery! What desserts do you recommend for someone who has a sweet tooth? Thanks :)
 

Worldwide Greeks Editor

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I am not sure which desserts might be good in Kefalonia, but here is a good list of Greek desserts to try when you visit Greece :)

 

k_tsoukalas

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There are great desserts everywhere and most Greek bakeries have a combination of the tried and true favorites like baklava, and some more innovative offerings. While in Kefalonia consider trying desserts like baklava, kouloura (traditional cookies), and whatever else you see in the bakeries that capture your attention. You really can't go wrong!
 

kef_john68

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So, my mother would make this cookie called the Mandola (almost cookie). It is from her side I think I might have Kefalonian roots. Anyway, when I was in Kefalonia a long time ago, I seem to recall the cookie was all over the island. I didn't make the connection at the time that this could be some evidence for my family being from Kefalonia. I have since been to other parts of Greece and I don't see this cookie as much. While on the island, consider eating this cookie, it's delicious! Of course, I like my mom's better (haha, isn't that always the way?!)
 
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nadellii

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So, my mother would make this cookie called the Mandola (almost cookie). It is from her side I think I might have Kefalonian roots. Anyway, when I was in Kefalonia a long time ago, I seem to recall the cookie was all over the island. I didn't make the connection at the time that this could be some evidence for my family being from Kefalonia. I have since been to other parts of Greece and I don't see this cookie as much. While on the island, consider eating this cookie, it's delicious! Of course, I like my mom's better (haha, isn't that always the way?!)
I love Mandolas!! These are so great, especially when they're made with real almonds and not the fake tasting almond extract
 
So, my mother would make this cookie called the Mandola (almost cookie). It is from her side I think I might have Kefalonian roots. Anyway, when I was in Kefalonia a long time ago, I seem to recall the cookie was all over the island. I didn't make the connection at the time that this could be some evidence for my family being from Kefalonia. I have since been to other parts of Greece and I don't see this cookie as much. While on the island, consider eating this cookie, it's delicious! Of course, I like my mom's better (haha, isn't that always the way?!)
Do you have the recipe for Mandola? Cannot seem to find one
 
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Jerry s

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I don't have a recipe but the ingredients are : Sugar, Almond, Caramel (sugar - glucose - honey), Lemon juice, Butter
I believe the are originals from Kefalonia.
They are candied almonds, I don't think " dessert" is a correct description.
 
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I don't have a recipe but the ingredients are : Sugar, Almond, Caramel (sugar - glucose - honey), Lemon juice, Butter
I believe the are originals from Kefalonia.
They are candied almonds, I don't think " dessert" is a correct description.
I see, im googling some images now... are the candied almonds red?
 

Jerry s

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Yes mostly red but not always .
 

Have you been to the Monastery of Themata in Kefalonia?

This monastery is one of the oldest landmarks on the island. I was so shocked to find out that it was originally built in 1096. It has been restored over time, of course, but much of the monastery remains in good condition. The name behind the monastery is debated, and its true origin is actually unknown. I've never been, but I have been doing a little bit of research about the monastery and I'm considering a visit when I go to Kefalonia this year. Has anyone on the forum been to the monastery or perhaps the nearby area of Agia Dinati Mountain?

Have you tried Mandola? Its Kefalonias most famous sweet

Mandola is a very popular sweet in Kefalonia and it is one of the biggest exports from the island. This treat is made of almond, honey, sugar and egg whites. The dessert has a few different variations, but is usually gluten free! The ingredients are very simple which is why they are so allergen friendly. I was doing some research and apparently these cookies are originally from the Venetian occupation in Kefalonia.

Visit Foivos winery which is the oldest winery in Greece

According to their website, this winery is either the oldest or one of the oldest wineries in Greece. It is a continuation of the Mantzavino Winery and has now been renamed. They have many different varieties of wine, including red wine, white wine, and rosés. Their website has an excellent list of all of their wines, with a detailed description including where the wines come from and possible food pairings with the wines. Here is their website https://www.domainefoivos.com/en

Have you seen drogarati cave in Kefalonia?

Drogarati cave is the kid that has existed for centuries, but was discovered only 300 years ago and is open for tourists!! You may find this cave a little bit spooky, or absolutely beautiful. It has many stalegtites and stalelmites that cover the cave. The cave was even used during World War II if you can believe it. Take a guided tour, where someone will explain to you the history of the cave and the uses during the war. Here are some links for more info

Have you ever been to the Castle of Assos in Kefalonia?

The Castle of Assos is an old Venetian fortress that has been left over from the Italian occupation of the island. Today, it is a beautiful pile of ruins that tourists can visit and learn about the history of Greece. You can hire a guy to take you around the different parts and explain the history, but I don't really recommend them as most of the information is available online if you're willing to do your own research. Please let me know if you've ever been! I would love to learn about what you thought of the castle.
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