During the Christmas period, I indulge into using more butter than I use throughout the whole year. But then what would Christmas be without making cookies and other desserts? After six months of diet I have learned to restrain myself and until today I have only tried a small piece from each to see how they taste.
As Socrates said “Everything in moderation”. So let’s all keep this in mind and enjoy the holidays!
A cake I have been making since I was single is Christmas Fruit Cake. I cannot imagine Christmas without it. However, each year I find myself doing something different. This year I made it with citrus flavour. I used some of my spoon sweets in it. I added bergamot, orange, lemon, bitter orange and kumkuat fruit preserves. I also added my four citrus marmalade before the almond paste and orange liqueur.
This year I experimented by making a batch of some “unconventional” kourabiedes. It’s not the icing sugar and cocoa powder you see outside but it’s what is inside which makes them unconventional. My children who tried them said that although unusual, they were awesome.
Making a bigger dose of Kourabiedes from my Cookbook.
This year Melomakarona were made the classic way.
I also made some traditional Amygdalota, which is a no bake Almond Cookie, wrapped in icing sugar but also some wrapped in dark chocolate.
The recipes (or similar recipes) of the Christmas Cake, Orange liqueur, Fruit preserves, Four citrus Marmalade, Amygdalota Μelomakarona and Kourabiedes are included in my e-cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste! Volume 2. All the above recipes, except the Four Citrus Marmalade are also included in the printed cookbook.
I also made some chocolate star shaped cookies using some of my Spoon Sweets (fruit preserves) to add a Christmas touch.
Wishing you all Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,