Melomakarono

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Melomakarona
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Course Dessert
Place of origin Greece
Main ingredients Semolina, olive oil and honey
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The melomakarono (Greek : μελομακάρονο plural: μελομακάρονα, melomakarona) is an egg-shaped Greek dessert made mainly from flour, olive oil, and honey. [1] Along with the kourabies it is a traditional dessert prepared primarily during the Christmas holiday season.

Greek language language spoken in Greece, Cyprus and Southern Albania

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Flour powder which is made by grinding cereal grains

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Typical ingredients of the melomakarono are flour or semolina, sugar, orange zest and/or fresh juice, cognac (or similar beverage), cinnamon and olive oil. [2] During rolling they are often filled with ground walnuts. Immediately after baking, they are immersed for a few seconds in cold syrup made of honey and sugar dissolved in water. Finally, they are decorated with ground, as well as bigger pieces of walnut. Dark chocolate-covered melomakarona are also a more recent variation of the traditional recipe.

Semolina coarse, purified wheat middlings of durum wheat

Semolina is the coarse, purified wheat middlings of durum wheat mainly used in making upma, pasta, and couscous. The word semolina can also refer to sweet dessert made from semolina and milk. The term semolina is also used to designate coarse middlings from other varieties of wheat, and from other grains, such as rice and maize.

Sugar generic name for sweet-tasting, soluble carbohydrates

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Zest (ingredient) food ingredient from the peels of citrus fruits

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References

  1. "Melomakarona - Honey Cookies with Walnuts". About.com.
  2. Yagkou, Varvara. "Μελομακάρονα γεμιστά". foodmuseum.cs.ucy.ac.cy (in Greek). Cyprus Food Virtual Museum. Retrieved 27 November 2015.