Tyrompiskota (Cheesy Shortbread Savory Cookies) Τυρομπισκότα


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Today’s recipe is a recipe I made two years ago on Tyrini, which is on the last Sunday before Orthodox Lent, which is tomorrow.

These savory cookies are based on other shortbread cookies I have made in the past.  They are very easy to make and  I added two of my favourite cheeses, halloumi and graviera and a combination of various spices and herbs on top, which made them disappear in no time.

These cookies are ideal with a cup of coffee or tea but also with a cold beer or a glass of wine.

They are very versatile so the combination of cheeses can vary by adding kefalotyri, kefalograviera, kaskavalli, ladotyri Mytilinis or other hard cheeses and spices which you like best.

 

You can find the recipe and other “cheesy” recipes here.

On this day the tradition in my house is to make Cypriot Ravioles for lunch but I also make cheesy snacks like Tyropita, Halloumopita, Flaounes (actually we make little ones called Flaounoudes), Tyropita Savory Cake, Psomakia Gemista (Halloumi filled bread), Cheese souffle, Tyropitakia and desserts like galaktompoureko,  ryzogalo, Bourekia me Anari etc.

All the above recipes are included in my cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste as well as in the e-cookbook.

Τα αλμυρά αυτά μπισκοτάκια τα έκανα πριν δύο χρόνια όταν ήταν και πάλι Τυρινή.

Η συνταγή είναι απλή και βασίζεται πάνω σε άλλα μπισκότα βουτύρου που έχω φτιάξει κατά το παρελθόν.  Απλώς έβαλα τα αγαπημένα μου τυριά, που είναι το χαλούμι και η γραβιέρα και τα αγαπημένα μου μπαχαρικά και αρωματικά.

Τρώγονται σαν σνακ ή συνοδευτικό με καφέ, τσάι, αναψυκτικό ή μια κρύα μπύρα ή ένα ποτηράκι κρασί.

Μπορείτε να βάλετε άλλα τυριά όπως κεφαλοτύρι, κεφαλογραβιέρα, κασκαβάλλι, λαδοτύρι Μυτιλήνης ή άλλα σκληρά τυριά  και τα δικά σας αγαπημένα μπαχαρικά.

Μπορείτε να βρείτε αυτή τη συνταγή και άλλες συνταγές για την Τυρινή εδώ.

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi – Κοπιάστε, Καλή Όρεξη και Καλή Σαρακοστή,

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Merry Christmas and Recipes from my e-Cookbooks


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.

 

Spoon Sweets (Fruit Preserves) for my cakes

 

Chocolate Fruit Preserve Cookies

 

Choco Orange cookies

 

Wishing you all Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,