Sunday, December 20, 2009

Greek Stuffed Melomakarona

Every Christmas I think I become a New Person but my grandmother's stuffed melomakarona helped a little more to it!
I do not really know if there is a translation in other language about them, but when I think of Christmas I always remember their taste on my palate...

So I share this precious recipe with you:)

What you need:

For the dough:
2 cups sunflower oil
250gr butter (melted)
1 cup sugar
3/4 cups cognac
3/4 cups orange juice
1 tsp (fat) baking powder
orange zest (a lot)
and flour - there is not exact amount I can only show you how the dough should be:) around 1kg I would say...

For the filling:
All kinds of marmalades, sweet fruits, nuts depending on your taste
Orange zest 

For the syrup: 
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp honey 

Decoration: Powder sugar

1. Put all your ingredients together except for the flour and mix well

2. Start adding the flour little by little until it is well incorporated and then..

3. Add more and more until you dough is like that, still moist though:) and set aside

4. Put in the processor all your goodies, nuts, sweetened fruits, clove, cinnamon and orange zest!

5. It should be something like this, and put aside

6. Return back to your daw and start taking little by little and make round plates.

7. With a small spoon put the filling in the center and..

8. ... fold into small pockets

9. Seal on top and... voila

10. I had a problem thou so their appearance did not come out every good, but the taste never disappoints me:) Bake for around 30 min at 180° or until golden brown!

11. In the meantime prepare the syrup but do not let it boil, and let aside so that it gets a little bit cooler.

12. When the 'melomakarona' are ready let them cool but not completely and dip them into the syrup for a few seconds and let them dry on kitchen paper. When they are completely cool you can then decorate with powder sugar:)

13. Mmmmm

14. And serve..

From the heart,