A week before Christmas my aunties and my grandmother would come to our house – we had the wooden oven – to make the traditional Christmas goodies: Kourabiedes and Melomakarona (Christmas cookies) and Christopsomo (Christmas bread). What a feast for us children! Our mothers were busy with the preparations and their latest news and we were out playing by the sea!
Pyramid of kourabiedes
Butter is the most important ingredient for the kourabiedes. My mother would get fresh butter made of sheep’s milk from her mother in Trizina. It will be difficult for you to find this kind of butter, so try to use organic butter or butter with the highest quality possible. In Kavala in the north of Greece, they use butter from a local buffalo. Other places in Greece use goat’s butter.
Up until last year I was using the recipe from my mother and I thought it made the best kourabiedes! However in the summer we had Theodora working for us at the Odyssey, who is a passionate cook. She showed us her grandmother’s recipe and I think it’s even better! (sorry mama).
In Greece it is a tradition to build a pyramid of kourabiedes, maybe you should try!
Me, my family and everybody at the Odyssey Centre wishes you a very merry Christmas!!!
For this holiday recipe of Kourabiedes the cookies all have a small piece of Turkish Delight in the middle.
Bake the little balls of dough until they are light (very light!) brown and let them cool on a rack.
Let it snow in your kitchen! Dust the Kourabiedes generously with the powdered sugar.