The melomakarona (in Greek μελομακάρονο or μελομακάρουνο) is a Greek cookies made mainly of flour, oil, and honey. With kourabiedes, it is a traditional dessert from the time of the Christmas holidays. It is an essential sweet in Greek homes at Christmas.
Kourabiedes are a buttery, shortbread-like cookie filled with crunchy almonds and covered in a thick blanket of powdered sugar, while the melomakarona is syrupy and soft, typically sprinkled with crushed walnuts.
Melomakarona is also called finikia, depending on the region of Greece. The basic recipe is the same, but in some areas, the cooking method is different. Finikia is deeply fried dessert, while melomakarona is baked, and then dipped in honey syrup.
Recipe for best homemade melomakarona
Mix the 1.5 cups of oil, a cup of vegetable fat for cooking, 1 cup of sugar, 3/4 cup orange juice, 1/4 cups of cognac and 2 small spoons of scrubbed orange cover in a blender for about 4 minutes.
Place 8 cups of flour, soda and baking powder in the mixing bowl, and add the liquid mixture to the middle and mix it all together. You don’t have to mix it much, just mix it until it emerges, because melomakarona will be hard if you do.
Take a little dough, shape in the oval form with your hand and press it a little bit. You can cut it out with mods.
Put it on the baking tray and bake it for about 30 minutes at 175°C (350°F) until they become golden.
While they are cooking, you should prepare the syrup. Cook honey, sugar, and water for about 5 minutes. Remove the foam and pour over the melomakarona when you remove them from the oven. If the syrup cools and you are still baking, feel free to warm it up again.
When they absorb the syrup, roll them upside down and leave them to cool down.
Mix walnuts, canals, and carnations.
Turn over the melomakarona and sprinkle them with a mixture.
1,5 cup of oil
half a cup of vegetable oil for cooking
1 cup of sugar
3/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cups of cognacs
2 small spoons of scrubbed orange peel
2 small spoonfuls of baking powder
1 small spoonful of soda
about 8 cups of flour
2.5 cups of honey
2 cups of sugar
2 cups of water
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 small spoonful of cannel
half of the small spoonful of ground cloves