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Name of Event

Easter Sunday

Cuisine From

Greece

Description

Traditional Greek Easter cookies, These make fantastic Easter gifts.

Summary

Yield Up to 50 cookies depending on what shape you choose
Preparation time 25-30 minutes + 30 minutes resting time
Cooking time 20 minutes
Main Ingredient Flour

Ingredients

  • 125g unsalted butter, at room temperature

  •  215g (1 cup) caster/granulated sugar

  •  2 eggs

  •  1 teaspoon vanilla essence

  •  1 teaspoon aniseed essence or a liquor such as Ouzo#

  •  1 teaspoon vanilla sugar

  •  1/4 teaspoon  lemon zest

  •  600g (4 cups) self-raising flour

  •  100ml warm milk

  •  1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  •  1 egg yolk

# Note some recipes substitute almond essence

Instructions

  1. Beat together the butter and sugar in a large bowl until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition until combined. Continue beating until the ugar dissolves and the mixture is smooth and fluffy. Add the vanilla, aniseed, vanilla sugar and lemon zest and beat until well combined.

  2. Add half the flour and beat while gradually adding 80ml (1/3 cup) of the milk. Use a wooden spoon to stir in the remaining flour and baking powder until the dough is soft and elastic. Shape the dough into a ball and cover with plastic wrap. Set aside for 30 minutes to rest.

  3. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2 baking trays with non-stick baking/parchment paper.

  4. Roll 1 tablespoonful of dough into a 15cm-long log. Shape into a crescent and pinch the ends together to seal. Place on a prepared tray. Repeat with the remaining dough, placing biscuits about 5cm apart on the prepared trays. Alternatively take about a teaspoon of dough at a time and roll into twists, 'S' shapes or wreaths.

  5. Whisk together the egg yolk and the remaining milk in a bowl. Brush biscuits with egg mixture.

  6. Bake in oven, swapping the trays halfway through cooking, for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.

  7. Remove from oven and set aside to cool to room temperature.

For more Easter Festive recipes visit our festive events page.

 

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