2 cups vegetable oil
1 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 loose teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons baking powder
7 cups all purpose flour
2 cups caster sugar
1 ½ cups honey
½ cup golden syrup
2 cups water
1 ½ cups roughly chopped walnuts for topping
Preheat the oven to 170C (150 for air) and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.Beat the oil with the sugar until pale. Combine the cognac with the orange juice and baking soda. Add to the sugar mixture and beat to incorporate. Add the cinnamon and cloves and lastly the flour and baking powder. Fold to combine. Form small longish cookies with about 1 tablespoon of the dough at a time and place on the baking sheets.Bake for 30’, or until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 5’. Transfer to a wire rack to cool further while you prepare the syrup. Prepare the honey syrup by combining all the ingredients and cooking over medium heat for about 7’, removing the froth from the top with a slotted spoon.Transfer the cookies to a large serving tray, pour the hot syrup all over them and top with the chopped walnuts.
* bear in mind that for the syrup to stick to the cookies, they need to be lukewarm and the liquid hot
½ kg goat butter
½ cup icing sugar for the dough
1 liqueur glass cognac
1 kg plain flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
200 g roughly chopped, blanched and roasted almonds
1 kg icing sugar for coating
Beat the butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add the sugar, the egg and the cognac and continue to beat. Combine the flour with the baking soda and gradually add it into the butter mix. Beat on low speed until fully incorporated. Add the almonds and fold to combine. Shape the dough into small round cookies and bake at 180C for about 20′, until golden brown. Fill two large bowls with icing sugar. Remove from the oven and while still hot coat them well in the icing sugar by dipping them first in one bowl and then into the other (photo courtesy of The Tasty Other).
Christopsomo is traditionally made on Christmas Eve, with a lot of care, the very best of the ingredients and a special yeast. It is decorated with a cross, nuts (usually walnuts and whole almonds) and other fertility and prosperity symbols made by dough. On Christmas Day, the father of the family cuts Christopsomo by hand and distributes it to all his family and to those who attend the Christmas table. A knife is never used to cut Christopsomo as it is considered to be harmful to the good spirit that Christopsomo symbolises. Along with kourampiedes, melomakarona and diples, Christopsomo is one of the most characteristic Greek festive food, full of flavour and full of history! Below, you will find the simple and delicious recipe that we enjoyed on our Christmas event.
4 cups self raising flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp of sweet anise
a pinch of salt
1/2 cup oil
1 cup water
1 egg lightly beaten for spreading
Whole walnuts, whole almonds and sesame seeds
In a large bowl, combine the flour with sugar, salt and anise. Make a hole in the centre and add the oil and water. Knead well and then shape either into a round loaf or small buns keeping a little dough for the decoration. Shape the remaining dough into two long ropes and place over the loaf in the shape of a cross. Put a whole walnut in the middle and whole almonds in the corners. Brush the dough with beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds if you wish. Bake in a medium oven of 180-190 degrees Celsius, the small buns for 30 minutes and the big loaf for 50 minutes to one hour .
Passionate and determined, they put into action what the majority of the population was desperate to express; by demanding freedom for all and inviting all Greek citizens to join them, they were a true testament of how significant change can often originate from the most spontaneous, honest actions. Press here to listen to an audio extract, broadcasted by Polytechneio’s amateur radio station, moments before the AMX 30 tank crashed through the gates leading to many injured and even killed.
It is a day of celebration not only of fathers but also fatherhood and its significance in a person’s life, and it complements festivals of similar nature such as Mother’s Day.