15 Apr Traditional Greek Easter Biscuit Recipe – How To
This easy to make recipe may not win you a bake off award but its sure to please the entire family during stay at home isolation this Easter…
This recipe is a combination of two houses joining force in sharing the tradition and love of baking
treats in the week lead up to Greek Orthodox Easter!
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Makes 6 trays of biscuits
You will need:
- 500g western star chef’s choice unsalted butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 10 eggs (all up)
- 4 egg yolks + 1 tbsp water for glazing the koulouria
- 1/2 cup of lukewarm milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teapoon baking amoniam bicarbonate
- 1.25kg self raising flour
- optional- zest of 2 oranges
Start by mixing the butter and sugar in a mixer bowl. Mix for about 12-15 minutes or until the butter is soft and creamy. Keep the butter at room temperature.
warm up milk lukewarm not hot, remove from heat and allow to sit. Add the ammonia and blend together until dissolved.
Add the eggs one at a time into the mixture of butter and sugar while mixing, during this process allow time for the eggs to be absorbed before adding the next egg. Pour in the milk with the ammonia and the vanilla extract and mix to combine together.
Slowly add the flour a little at a time while mixing until all the ingreadiants are combines and your dough is soft and NOT sticky.
Your dough will now need to be covered with plastic cling wrap and set aside to rest and raise for 20 minutes.
This is where the fun begins. Clean the kitchen bench / table top area to be used for creating your biscuits. Place the dough on your clean sterilised working surface and start by taking a small piece of dough forming long thinish cords with both your hands. Shape the koulourakia according to the design you would prefer, giving them any shape you like. I have made mine thin by platting them in a hair braid style, Tia likes to make hers circular.
Line a large baking tray with baking paper and place the koulourakia on the tray. Its important to note the distance between each koulouraki allowing for them to rise a lot when baked. For this bake I have allowed for 4 baking trays.
Add the egg yolks to a small bowl with the tablespoon of water and whisk with a fork. Use this mix to brush the top of each koulouraki. Place tray to bake in pre heated oven at 180C for 15 minutes until nicely coloured golden brown.
Once cooked allow to cool down, pour yourself a cuppa and…
And don’t forget Koulourakia make amazing little treats to be left on your neighbours doorstep as a friendly gesture of love as we face these challenging COVID-19 days together.
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