Honey cookies (melomakarona)
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Honey cookies (melomakarona)
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Last updated 6/12/2012 12:56:03 AM. Recipe ID 18078. Report a problem with this recipe.
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      Title: Honey cookies (melomakarona)
 Categories: Cookies, Greek
      Yield: 60 servings
      1 c  Butter
    3/4 c  Caster sugar
    3/4 c  Maize or peanut oil
      1    Orange; grated rind only
      6 c  Plain flour
      4 ts Baking powder
    3/4 c  Orange juice

MMMMM-------------------NUT FILLING (OPTIONAL------------------------
      1 tb Honey
      2 ts Orange juice
  1 1/2 ts Ground cinnamon
  1 1/2 c  Finely chopped walnuts
      2 dr Almond essence

MMMMM------------------------HONEY SYRUP-----------------------------
      1 c  Sugar
      1 c  Water
    1/2    Cinnamon stick
  1 1/2 ts Lemon juice
      1    Thin strip of lemon rind
    1/4 c  Honey
  Oven temperature: 180 C (350 F)
  Beat butter and sugar with orange rind until creamy.  Gradually add
  oil and continue beating until mixture is very light and fluffy.
  Stir in flour alternately with orange juice.  Knead dough lightly
  with hands for 1 minute.
  Take a scant tablespoon of dough and flatten it a little.  Place a
  teaspoon of the nut filling in the centre and fold dough over to
  enclose filling.
  Shape into ovals, pinching ends to a point.  Decorate tops with tines
  of fork or by crimping cookies diagonally across top in four rows
  with special crimper (see NOTE), or leave them plain.
  Place on lightly greased baking trays and bake in a moderate oven for
  20-25 minutes until golden brown.  Cool on wire racks.
  Dip in boiling syrup, four at a time, turning cookies once.  Leave in
  syrup 10 seconds in all, longer if well-soaked cookies are preferred.
  Lift out onto a plate and leave until cool.
  (If no nut filling is used, sprinkle tops with crushed walnuts or
  toasted sesame seeds and cinnamon.  Only those which are to be served
  should be dipped; store remainder in an airtight container and dip
  when required.
  TO MAKE NUT FILLING: Thin honey down with orange juice and blend into
  remaining ingredients.
  TO MAKE HONEY SYRUP: Place ingredients in a heavy-based saucepan and
  stir over heat until sugar dissolves.  Bring to the boil and boil over
  moderately high heat for 10 minutes and skim.  Let syrup boil on a
  moderate heat while dipping cookies.  Add a little water to syrup
  when it thickens too much during dipping.
  NOTE: Icing crimpers will be familiar to many pastrycooks and cake
  decorators who work with icing.  If you don't own a crimper (or have
  never seen one), have the family handyman cut a piece of tin or
  aluminium plate about 2.5 x 10 cm (1 x 4 inches).  Bend metal in half
  over a thin rod and cut 6 to 8 evenly spaced saw-like teeth on the
  narrow edges.  Curl the "teeth" slightly inwards.

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Recipe ID 18078 (Apr 03, 2005)

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