Two of the best cooks you've ever met, Yanni with his Mediterranean background and flair, Mari a homegrown Minnesotan with Scandinavian roots, both with a love for tasty, traditional food (and each other)! A daily dose of what's cookin' in their kitchen.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Maro's Easter Cookies...Koulourakia
(video to follow soon as I can get it edited...)
It's Big Friday and everything is ready to celebrate Big Fat Greek Easter in two days. The red eggs are shining in their baskets, the candles for the Saturday night vigil are decorated, the lamb is ready for the spit and the Koulourakia (Easter cookies) have been braided and baked. Everyone is waiting for midnight Saturday night when the fasting is over. Everyone will return home after the midnight candle service to cries of "Christ is Risen!", to eat gut soup and start in on the koulourakia! Anna , my daughter, and Maro and I made a washtub of cookies! As we were rolling the dough,it was quite a challenge not to nibble on the butter/ouzo/.lemon batter!!! I haven't had sugar for 6 weeks, so thank God we made such a great batch..and alot of great memories! Having Anna and Maro in the kitchen is almost as much fun as cooking with Yannis, but not quite as entertaining!!! Kalo Pascha!!!!
That awkard moment when you can't get your koulouri out of your mug
Koulourakia 1 1/2 cup butter
1 3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup ouzo
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
4 teas. vanilla
1 T. ammonia
1 teas. baking soda
10 cups flour
Beat butter (room temperature), with the sugar till light; and the beaten eggs and mix untill white and frothy. Add the Soda diluted in the lemon juice, then the ammonia stirred into the ouzo. Stir in the vanilla and the flour, mixing until the batter will not take any more flour. Roll into desired shapes, placing on a cookie sheet , well spaced as they expand. Brush with 2 beaten egg yolks and 1 egg white and bake at 380f./180C. for about 20 minutes or until lightly golden brown. This is half of the original recipe and it makes quite a big batch, so sit down and enjoy the rolling with some good coffee and some good company!!!