Welcome to a special post, where I have the opportunity to introduce five other Greek biased bloggers via a Christmas Blog Hop!
Sugared Almond Biscuits (Κουραμπιέδες)
A truly traditional biscuit, well worth taking the time to make your own, as the shop bought ones rarely come up to scratch.
640 g butter
300 g blanched, roasted, ground almonds (I prefer to leave them quite chunky as opposed to finely ground)
150 g sugar
1 tsp baking powder
2 egg yolks
1 kilo flour
1 generous Greek coffee cup brandy/cognac
1 Greek coffee cup rosewater (Optional)
750 g icing sugar
Start by beating your butter till it whitens and is smooth.
Add the egg yolks, ground almonds, sugar, brandy, baking powder, stir in the flour. Depending on the flour quality, you may not need the full kilo. The mixture shouldn`t stick to your hands, but should have a pliable stiffness to it.
Roll out to approximately 3/4 to 1 cm thickness and cut out with shaped cutters. Place on an ungreased baking tray and bake at approx. 175 degrees C for 30 to 35 minutes.
Before removing from the baking tray, sprinkle with rosewater. Then, whilst they are still hot, transfer the biscuits to a large plate or platter. As you create each layer, using your sieve, sprinkle icing sugar extremely liberally over the biscuits till they`re covered with a thick pad of icing sugar. Continue in this way till all of the biscuits are covered. ∗∗∗∗∗∗∗∗
If you`d like to visit more blogs celebrating Greek Christmas themes, then take a hop through the list below. If you could leave a comment on one or more of the blogs, we`ll all be delighted.