Koulourakia

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Koulourakia
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Koulourakia
Alternative names Easter cookies
Type Pastry
Course Dessert
Place of origin Greece
Region or state Greece
Serving temperature Hot or cold
Main ingredients Butter
Cookbook: Koulourakia  Media: Koulourakia

Koulourakia (Greek: κουλουράκια, IPA: [kuluˈraca]; singular: κουλουράκι) are a traditional Greek dessert, typically made around Easter[1] to be eaten after Holy Saturday.

They are a butter-based pastry, traditionally hand-shaped, with egg glaze on top. They have a sweet delicate flavor with a hint of vanilla. Koulourakia are well known for their sprinkle of sesame seeds and distinctive ring shape.[1] In fact, the word is the diminutive form for a ring-shaped loaf or lifebelt.[citation needed]

The pastries can be shaped into braided circles,[2] hairpin twists, figure eights, twisted wreaths, horseshoes or Greek letters, although they are still often shaped into a snake style. Often, a clove is added atop the center of the pastry for added flavor. They are commonly eaten with morning coffee or afternoon tea. Like all pastries, they are normally kept in dry conditions in a jar with a lockable lid.

History

Koulourakia have been prepared since at least the time of the Minoan civilization.[3] The Minoans sometimes prepared the pastries like small snakes, because they worshiped the snake for its healing powers.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Lubbers, Caroline (April 17, 2018). "Greek Easter cookies (Koulourakia)". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved June 25, 2018. 
  2. ^ "See what's for dessert at LI Greek festivals". Newsday. May 26, 2018. Retrieved June 25, 2018. 
  3. ^ Rodale, Maria (April 25, 2016). "Koulouria--A Traditional Greek Dessert". HuffPost. Retrieved June 25, 2018. 

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