So, here's the tale: Mrs P sometimes has these great international cookery nights with her family where a letter is pulled out the hat and they have a meal based on a country beginning with that letter - what a hoot!
I like cooking and recently took an international cookery course at our local adult education centre. When the course ended, I wanted to do more, so every Wednesday evening I have my very own international cookery night, taking one country at a time and putting a few typical dishes together. It was 'G is for ... Greece' this week, and one of the dishes I cooked was 'melomakarona' or honey cookies with nuts.
They are typically eaten at Christmas in Greek homes, so that makes them pretty spot on for our quiltalong day!
Ingredients for the cookies:
Ingredients for the syrup:
Combine the orange zest with the sugar - use your fingers to rub and combine to release the orange oils into the sugar. Add to the oils in a large bowl and beat. Add the orange juice & brandy and mix well.
Gradually incorporate the flour, sifted with baking powder & soda
Pinch walnut sized pieces off the resultant dough and roll into ovals (like a small egg) and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Flatten slightly with a fork then bake at 350F for 25-30 mins ill lightly browned.
meanwhile, make the syrup but simmering the ingredients in a small pan for 10-15mins. Remove cinnamon stick, clove and lemon rind and pour the syrup into a shallow bowl or dish.
When the cookies come out of the oven and while still very warm, float them in the syrup and allow them to absorb syrup on both sides. Fish the cookies out with a fork or spatula, place on a platter & sprinkle with ground nuts & sprinkle lightly with cinnamon.
Store in airtight container (not in the fridge).
Make these! They are lovely!