Want A Different Dessert? Greek Dessert Recipes
Quick, name a Greek dessert recipe. Baklava, and, um, nothing else comes to mind? Read on for some adventurous Greek dessert recipes that go beyond Baklava.
Greek dessert recipes can actually be healthier than a lot of rich desserts. Greek dessert recipes incorporate wholesome ingredients like tahini, nuts, rice, and citrus laced honey into deliciously simple and tasty concoctions. Honey is very important in Greek culture and it has been used as a sweetener and a medicine for thousands of years. If you can find Greek honey to use in your Greek dessert recipes it will add the distinctive flavor of local flowers.
Simply mixing tahini with honey makes a delectable spread for toast and crackers. There is also a traditional cake that uses tahini to add a nutty richness. Many Greek dessert recipes for cakes and confections utilize ingredients other than flour, like semolina, farina (you may know it as Malt-O-Meal), and ground nut meal, making them higher in protein and higher in fiber than other cakes.
Greek Dessert Recipes – Think You Haven’t Tried One?
Greek Dessert Recipes
You may have eaten a Greek dessert recipe and not known it. Rice pudding is a traditional Greek dessert known as Rizogalo made without raisins and sprinkled with cinnamon. Rizogalo is traditionally made using a short grain round rice called Glace (glah sey). Glace is similar in texture to Aborio rice, the type used in risotto.
We can’t mention Greek dessert recipes without mentioning Baklava, the quintessential Greek dessert. Baklava consists of layers of Phyllo also known as Fillo dough brushed with butter, honey-cinnamon sugar syrup, with walnuts, almonds, pistachios, or a combination of chopped nuts sprinkled throughout.
Here’s an easy Baklava recipe:
2/12 cups ground nuts (such as a mix of pistachios, walnuts and pecans)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup butter
24 sheets thawed fillo dough
1 cup honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine nuts, sugar and cinnamon. Butter a large glass baking dish.
2. In a small bowl, melt 1 cup butter.
3. Layer fillo dough in the buttered pan, and brush each sheet with the melted butter. (Keep fillo dough covered.)
4. On top sheet, spread 3/4 cup of the nut mixture; top with 2 sheets of fillo. Repeat until your pan is half full, keeping a few sheets for the top, brushing each with butter.
5. Before baking, cut through all except bottom layers of dough. Bake at 300 degrees about an hour, until golden brown.
6. Remove from the oven.
7. Make a simple syrup with the sugar and honey, add some more cinnamon.
evenly over baklava. Allow to cool uncovered. Cut the rest of the way through and serve.
If you are not too worried about ruining your diet, try some Greek doughnuts, Svinghi and Loukouathes, a deep fried yeasty dough drizzled with honey. Or try making some buttery crescent cookies, Kourabiedes. Most of the cookie doughs and doughnut doughs are similar in ingredients with variations on preparation. Greeks are resourceful and great cooks. Try a simple Greek dessert recipe the next time you’re looking for something different.