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Pear cake with Greek yoghurt and olive oil

Autumn is a wonderful season to indulge in rich fruity cakes. Fruits of the season like apples or pears make for wonderful sweet treats that everyone will appreciate.

We’ve made this extraordinary, utterly delicious pear cake with esti extra virgin olive oil and believe us, it’s one of the best cakes you are going to make this fall!


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Baklavá is probably the most famous Greek dessert.  Even though it is considered to be  typical for Christmas,  this rich, crunchy, syrupy delicate pastry  can be found in every pastry shop all year round in the country. More or less it is made in the same way, preferably using walnuts in the filling. A combination of walnuts and almonds is also frequently used.



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Greek biscotti with ouzo and almonds (paximádia)

Biscotti are lovely biscuits, a bit harder than the usual biscuits as they are baked twice, hence the origin of the word from the latin phrase bis coctus- twice baked.

In Greece we call  them “paximádia”. We not only make sweet paximádia, but also savory ones. Today we’ve got the most popular version. Paximádia that are flavored with Greek ouzo and made even crunchier by adding almonds!


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Galaktoboúreko (Greek milk pie)

Galaktoboúreko is a Greek dessert, probably the most popular in the country, often served at feasts, such as birthdays, name days, Christmas etc.

It has almost all the elements that characterize Greek pastry, which means that it is a syrup based dessert made with phyllo sheets. Yet what makes it unique and tremendously popular is the wonderful luscious custard cream that is spread between the layers of the phyllo sheets drenched with abundant lemon flavored syrup.


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Melomakárona is the name of our traditional Greek Christmas cookies. They go back in time, in Ancient Greece, when they were usually served after a funeral. But those cookies were made without honey, whereas the ones we eat today are dropped for a few seconds in a syrup made with honey. Thus the first part of the word “melo” deriving from the word “méli” meaning honey in Greek.

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