Topped with a festive pink sugar glaze, edible flowers, toasted almonds and candied ginger this Tsoureki may just be too pretty to eat. (Just kidding. EAT!)
Kourabiethes – Powdered Sugar Greek Butter Cookies: A melt-in-your-mouth, festive and traditional Greek holiday cookie that is simple to prepare.
It is not uncommon to see these bite-sized snow-ball looking treat on the Greek dessert table during the holidays. These delicious and heavily powdered treats are called Kourabiethes and they are melt-in your mouth wonderful! But wait… there’s more! Two modern variations of this delicious traditional recipe included: Cinnamon Kourabiethes and Pistachio-Matcha Green Tea Kourabiethes create a beautiful festive dessert platter!
St. Phanurius Cake
In the Orthodox Church, August 27 is dedicated to Saint Phanurius. The Orthodox faithful pray to this Saint to help them recover lost things such as car keys or a child’s favorite toy. Some even pray to this saint to help them find hope, faith or focus. As a thanks-offering the custom arose of baking a cake in his honor. This is my favorite recipe for a Fanouropita Cake, updated by making them into little bundt cakes and topping them with fresh local berries and organic crystallized ginger.
Greek Menu Ideas in Celebration of Holy Pascha, or Easter.
Easter, or Holy Pascha, is the most celebrated holiday in the Greek Orthodox home. It is a feast among feasts – with traditional Greek food, wine, music and plenty of guests to celebrate. Every family has their own traditions for Pascha. Some make a delicious brunch, some a late dinner, most of us feast and graze all day long. Don’t forget, some have been fasting from meat and dairy products for 40 days. We’re hungry! I’ve put together few of my Figs & Feta favorites as suggestions for your Pascha menu.
Greek Easter Bread
Tsoureki (soo-REH-kee) is traditional Greek Easter bread. It is not simple to make. There’s a lot involved but this year I set out to simplify the process and I think I just may have done it. Oh, and I went a little crazy with chocolate and toasted almonds too.
Melitzanosalata (Μελιτζανοσαλάτα, pronounced meh-leed-zah-no-sah-LAH-tah)
By far one of my favorite appetizers, this Roasted Eggplant Greek Yogurt Dip is a variation of the classic Greek Melitzanosalata. The addition of roasted garlic and a little Greek yogurt gives this dip a lot of depth. I could eat it straight from the bowl with a spoon! (Who am I kidding? I have done that!)
Simply Prepared in One Bowl!
Every time I make a Bundt cake, I can’t help but think of the classic Bundt cake scene in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. This Bundt is a delicious, and decadent Dairy-Free Chocolate Cake topped with citrus glaze and candied orange peels. Yes, this cake has a hole in it. But don’t worry… “I fix the hole”. ;)
“What is it?”
“It’s a Bundt.”
“Bunk? Bonk, bonk?”
“Bunnn – T?”
“Oh.. it’s a cake!”