Melomakarona: Christmas Cookies with South Multiflora Honey
These Greek cookies are soft, moist, full of flavor and aroma, and drenched in a delicious spiced honey syrup that smells like Christmas. This recipe is to save it and make it all year round
First make the syrup, then for the dough we prepare the wet ingredients that we will join with the dry ones.
For the honey and orange syrup:
2 tz of sugar
1 cup of water
2 cinnamon sticks
6 whole nails
Peel and juice of one orange
1/2 cup of honey from South Multiflora honey @reinamadre.cl
For the cookies:
150 gr of fine semolina
500 gr of sifted flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup of fresh orange juice
1/2 cup of sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon powder
1/3 tsp powdered nutmeg
1/3 tsp clove powder
1 tbsp vanilla sugar
1/2 tbsp baking soda
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup sunflower oil
Zest of 2 oranges
Aside, chopped walnuts to decorate
First, the syrup.
Put all the ingredients in a pot except the honey and bring to a boil. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes, remove from heat, cool and add the honey.
Set aside to cool completely.
Prepare the dough:
Preheat the oven to 180º
Combine dry ingredients and set aside.
In another large bowl, add the wet ingredients, add the baking soda and whisk to dissolve.
Incorporate the flour into the wet ingredients. Mix with a spatula, then with your hands until the dough is smooth.
Without working the dough too much, form pieces the size of a walnut, shape the dough with the palms of your hands until you get a small egg shape and draw by pressing lightly with a grid (slip spoon, fork...)
Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Continue with the rest of the dough.
Bake for about 15-20 minutes, until lightly golden.
When hot, immediately submerge the melomakarona in the cold syrup, turning them over to absorb the syrup for about 10-20 seconds, depending on the degree of syrup you want. Take them out, put them in a bowl and sprinkle them with chopped walnuts.
* Store at room temperature in an airtight container.
Recipe, production and photography: @catasanchezmontes