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The Sweet Table

May 18, 2010

Now that I can finally sit back and think about the communion party I want to talk about the sweet table.

I decided that since I was going to use a caterer for the party I wasn’t going to bother with too many appetizers and instead concentrate on a sweet table. Besides the invitations stated that luncheon would be served at 2:30 p.m. and I figured that if you didn’t go to the church you would show up in time for the luncheon. Plus I love a sweet table.

I of course had a cake and then I had various goodies.

Cake pops

Limoncino cookies. These were so fantastic. It was a light lemon cookie with a glaze made with lemoncello. I was fortunate enough to have gotten some homemade lemoncello. Homemade from Italy. I’m waiting to get the recipe and can’t wait to make it myself. But that’s another post.

Shortbread cookies

Crescents

Kolaczky. I made these that morning. You have to have kolaczky when they are fresh. I think there is some kind of rule somewhere about that. I made 8 dozen of these puppies. I had less than a dozen left once all the smoke cleared. And I wasn’t able to make any raspberry ones because they didn’t have that flavor at the store. I made cherry ones instead. They went. They were good. But I prefer the raspberry.

Koulouria

It was heavenly.  I love a good sweet table with wonderful bakery, especially cookies.  I’ll be posting soon about the crescent recipe!  But I may post about some scones a good friend suggested I make first.

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It’s all Greek to me!

March 21, 2010

My girlfriend came over this weekend and we made some traditional Greek Easter cookies. 

This year Greek Orthodox Easter and Christian Easter are on the same day. 

We made a cookie called KOULOURIA.  They are crisp cookie, almost like a butter cookie.

When she sent me the recipe we went through the ingredients.  Since she was coming over to my house to make them we both wanted to be sure of what ingredients were on hand and which we needed to purchase.

Koulouria

  • 9 egg yolks
  • 2 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 1 t ammonia
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 C sugar
  • 1 C milk
  • 1 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1 box plus 2-3 cups of cake flour
  • Egg wash (we used the whites plus some oil)

Beat the butter, egg yolks and sugar until light in color.  Warm the milk and the ammonia and baking soda to the milk.  Add the milk mixture to the butter mixture.  Mix well.  Add the vanilla.  Add the box of cake flour.  Knead well.  Add the 2-3 cups of flour as needed.  The dough should be soft and not stick to your hands.  Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.  Roll out the dough and make into shapes such as ‘s’, knots, and coils. Brush with the beaten egg for color.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes until golden brown.  Makes about 80 cookies.

Please note that I told my friend that I had ammonia as well as the cake flour.  She laughed and told me that the ammonia was actually a powder.  I googled it.  It is similar to baking powder but it does smell like liquid ammonia.

Meeshie was more than helpful.  She made the coil shapes and some knots.  She even made some cookies that were ‘k’s and ‘c’s.

Here is a picture of the two ladies working hard on the Koulouria.

We had a good time.  I’m looking forward to getting together later in the year to make Greek Christmas cookies.

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