Cookies with tahin

December 18th, 2012 § 0

One is made generally from grape and tastes sweet, the other from sesame seed and tastes nutty& bitter. But both involve a long distillation.

Pekmez is a natural sweetener like honey.There are varieties made from carob, plum or mulberry as well as in the form of liquid and solid can be found.

Tahin is obtained by grinding sesame seeds. 

Both are outstandingly tasty and have nutritional value.

Tahin and pekmez unison is irresistible, by the arrival of cold winter days!

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup hazelnut flour
  • 75 gr butter (cut into cubes)
  • 1/3 cup tahin (sesame seed paste))
  • 1/3 cup pekmez =molasses(preferable carob molasses- keçi boynuzu pekmezi in Turkish and ???????? ??? ???????? in Greek)
  • 3 T sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 t baking powder

Combine sugar and butter. Add tahin and pekmez.

Sift together remaining ingredients and add to tahin mixture. Add hazelnut flour.

If you can’t find hazelnut flour, simply put the hazelnut (approx. 1/3 cup) into boiling water for a minute and remove the skins.

Using a blender, grind them. Then sift the nut flour and put the remaining back to the blender. Repeat it until you get your hazelnut flour.

After forming  in rolls you can refrigerate a couple of hours. 

Roll dough into small balls and flatten top. Put each on greased baking sheet.

 Bake at 180° C for 12 – 14 minutes until they become golden. 

When hot, the cookies will be very delicate, so be careful! Cool cookies completely before transferring to a plate.

They will be crusty when cooled.

Grape must cookies (moustokouloura)

October 15th, 2012 § 0

Must is a freshly pressed, unfermented grape juice. The word must comes from Latin, meaning young wine.

It is one of the indispensable cooking ingredient from Ancient Rome till today.

Grapes are usually harvested from the vineyard from the end of August until early November.

Traditionally, in September we bought our must for wine and I saved 1 cup of it to use in cooking.

  • 1/2 cup grape must
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 T. butter
  • 1/2 t soda
  • 1 t. cacao
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. cloves
  • 1/4 cup cognac or brandy
  • 400 gr flour
  • sesame seeds

Combine grape must, olive oil, sugar and butter.

Stir cinnamon and cloves with cognac.

Sift together flour and soda.

Slowly add sifted flour to grape juice mixture. Add cognac mixture and mix until you get a soft dough.

Using pieces of dough, roll snakes and press the two ends together forming oval wreaths. You can shape the cookies with a piping bag.

Coat with sesame seeds.

Place them on a parchment covered baking sheet.

Bake at 180° C for 25 minutes until they are done.

Sweet & Salty Cookies

August 25th, 2012 § 0

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 7 t sugar
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 2 1/2 cup flour

Combine sugar, olive oil and butter. Beat in egg yolk.

Sift together remaining ingredients and add to butter mixture.

Finally add yogurt and knead well.

Cut the dough with cookie cutters.

Put on a greased baking sheet.

for top:

  • 1 egg white
  • sesame seeds
  • Spread beaten egg white on top of the cookies.

    Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

    Bake at 180° C until they become golden for about 15 minutes.

    Summer cookies

    July 14th, 2012 § 0

    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1/4 cup pekmez =molasses(preferable carob molasses- keçi boynuzu pekmezi in Turkish and ???????? ??? ???????? in Greek)
    • 120 gr butter
    • 2 1/2 cup flour
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ginger
    • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon soda
    • a pinch of salt

    Combine sugar and butter.Beat in egg and pekmez.

    Sift together remaining ingredients and add to butter mixture.

    Form into rolls and wrap in plastic wrap.

    Refrigerate at least one hour or until firm.

    Cut with cookie cutters.

    Put on a greased baking sheet and bake at 180° C until they become golden for 10- 15 minutes.

    Mastic cookies coated with hazelnut

    June 12th, 2012 § 0

    The big and fat gum mastic cookies generally covered with sesame seeds that you can see at bakeries of Ayvalık, are one of the most known speciality of this beautiful city.
    During the grape season, these cookies are cooked with fresh grape juice. For that reason they are not too sweet and a perfect partner for afternoon tea and conversation!
    I made a similar cookie, coated with hazelnut to give an extra flavour.
     
  • 150 gr butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 gr gum mastic crystals (crushed)
  • 1/2 t mahaleb
  • Cream butter, sugar, mahaleb and egg yolk in a bowl. Add flour and baking powder gradually.

    Finally add crushed gum mastic powder and make a dough.

    Wrap and chill the dough one hour in the refrigerator.

    Knead again. Shape the cookies into balls with your palms.

    for top:

  • 1 cup hazelnut (coarsely chopped)
  • Coat the balls with chopped hazelnuts.

    Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in 180° C until lightly golden.

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