Vasilopita- Brandy & Orange New Years Cake

The biggest Greek New Years tradition, is the baking and cutting of the Vasilopita! It is the St. Basil’s cake. There is a hidden coin, called a flouri in it, and when we cut the cake, the winner of that coin is granted good luck for the new year. This day is observed for our … Continue reading Vasilopita- Brandy & Orange New Years Cake

Melomakarona- Greek Honey Cookies

Melomakarona are Greek honey cookies. They are very popular during the holiday season. We make them early in December and continue to enjoy them through the New Year. The cookies are spiced with cinnamon, clove and orange. And finally they are soaked in a delicious honey syrup. Greeks love their traditions. In fact we are … Continue reading Melomakarona- Greek Honey Cookies

Kourabiedes -Greek Almond & Butter Christmas Cookies

Growing up, kourabiedes were my favorite Christmas cookie. They were available to us at home throughout all of December. My mother and my yiayia made sure of it! They are a butter cookie that are studded with chopped, roasted almonds. I blanch my almonds, though you don’t have to. The batter can have either cognac … Continue reading Kourabiedes -Greek Almond & Butter Christmas Cookies

Kolokithopita- Phyllo Wrapped Pumpkin Pita

Who else loves just about everything that is pumpkin? Reminiscent of cozy nights and cooler days. Everywhere you look you will find them come mid September. I just know that you will love this wonderful phyllo wrapped pumpkin pita called a kolokithopita! Sometimes we make this kolokithopita savory & sometimes we make it sweet! I … Continue reading Kolokithopita- Phyllo Wrapped Pumpkin Pita

Ergolavous Amygdalota-Traditional Greek Almond Cookie with Pastry Cream

I am so excited to share this recipe with you as it is one of my absolute favorite Greek cookies! Have you ever heard of them? Ergolavous? Well it’s a traditional amygdaloto (almond) cookie sandwiched with decadent pastry cream! I mean who doesn’t love pastry cream! An ergolavos by definition is a builder. So the … Continue reading Ergolavous Amygdalota-Traditional Greek Almond Cookie with Pastry Cream