It’s good to try new things… and thanks to our daughter’s homework this week we discovered Koulourakia!
They are butter-based biscuits, with egg glaze on top. They’re traditionally made by Greek people at times of celebration and are specifically made at Easter.. Hey, it’s nearly Easter… yes we’re still in the pretence of ‘the desert’ but if I found these in the desert I would definitely shout them from the highest mountain or indeed the highest point of the temple.
Ingredients, to make 24 biscuits… (double it for a bus load!)
- 500g plain flour
- 2 eggs
- 175g sugar
- 175g butter
- 40ml orange juice
- 20g baking powder
- 1 orange rind, grated
And for the egg wash, use a beaten egg with 1 tbls water and a few drops of vanilla essence
- Beat the butter and sugar until creamy.
- Add the eggs and beat for few more minutes.
- Add the orange juice and rind, and mix well.
- In another bowl, sift the flour and baking powder together.
- Add sifted flour mix to the butter mixture and combine, don’t over work it.
This will create a very soft dough.
Roll small balls of dough into long ‘snakes‘ then shape into biscuits however you wish.
Place on a baking tray and brush with the eggwash before placing them into a 180°C oven for 20-25 minutes or golden brown.
There’a really sweet video of a lovely Greek lady making some here: