We would like to give you a small taste of delicious recipes that have stood the test of time, and are still part of our culinary tradition and local production (fresh grape must, olives-olive oil, pistachio nuts, vegetables etc). Simple ingredients and preparation have always been the secret for a tasty dish.
A traditional local dessert, especially during Carnival season, that actually is an open milk-pie, without the syrup. A delicious recipe you will adore. It consists of a dough sheet laid at the bottom of a baking pan and the custard spread on top. Ingredients: Dough (400g flour, 2/3 cup of water, ¼ cup of olive oil, 2 teaspoons sugar, a pinch of salt, vanilla extract); Custard (1.5 liter fresh milk, 1¼ cup of flour, 1.5 cup of sugar, 80g butter, 4 eggs) Sugar, cinnamon, pistachio nuts, honey for coating.
For the dough sheet: Mix the flour, olive oil, sugar and salt in a basin. Add some warm water and knead until smooth and soft. Cover and let it rest for 1 hour. Brush a 30cm baking pan with butter. Open the dough to a big sheet, gently lay it in the pan and leave some flaps overhanging. Spread some butter.
For the custard: Boil the milk, flour, sugar and vanilla extract together. When the custard thickens, remove from heat and let cool, add the butter and then the well-beaten eggs. Mix very well and pour the custard over the dough. Carefully fold and roll the flaps over the custard and brush with butter.
Bake at 180 degrees until the surface turns a nice golden brown (~30 minutes). After removing from the oven, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon or drizzle with honey or even ground pistachio nuts for a more creative version. Let it cool down, cut in slices and serve.
Moustokouloura are traditional cookies made with local grape must and often accompanied by pekmez syrup. They are delicious cookies, very popular in Greece, and highly nutritional in terms of sugar content.
Ingredients: 2 glasses grape must, 2½ glasses olive oil, 2 glasses sugar, 2 packs baking powder, 2 tablespoons baking soda, 1 shot of brandy (or ouzo or tsipouro if you prefer), ½ teaspoon ground clove, 1½ teaspoon cinnamon, soft wheat flour (as much as needed).
Instructions: Mix the must, olive oil and sugar in a basin or a large bowl until the sugar melts a bit. Add the remaining materials one at a time, finally add the flour and mix until you have a soft non-sticky dough. Let the dough rest for half an hour. Shape the cookies in any form you like and cook in pre-heated oven at 200 degrees until golden brown (~20 minutes).
A quick and easy recipe when you’re really starving, with any vegetables you may have around, mostly spinach. A relatively simple and quick, but delicious recipe that dates back many centuries, and is usually made without measuring tools. Prepare a batter by mixing flour, water, salt and baking powder. Brush a baking pan with olive oil, spread this slightly runny batter, and add any vegetables you wish (spinach, scallions, dill, fennel) and freshly ground pepper. You may also add any other vegetable you like, such as parsley, spearmint, leek, hartwort etc. Mix it all together and spread the mixture evenly on the baking pan. Bake the mosenta for 40 minutes at 200 degrees.