Vassiliki Kontou Studios

Recipes from the  Island of   Andros Greece




*4 cups coarsely chopped walnuts

*1/2 cup toast chumbs

*1 1/3 cups honey

*1 cup sugar

*Orange flower water

*Sesame seeds

*Orange tree leaves

Mix walnuts and crumbs.

Put honey and sugar in a small heavy sause pan and boil to 250-256F.(very firm ball). Remove from heat and add to walnut mixture. Moisten a marble slab or a tray with orange flower water, cover with sesame seeds and spread mixture with a spatula to 1/2 inch thickness. Dip your hands in orange flower water and press mixture flat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and leave for two hours. Cut into diamond shapes and place each on an orange leaf. Keep covered in refrigirator.



*1 lb. blanched almonds

*1 cup sugar

*5 tablespoons fine semolina(cream of wheat)

*1 lb. icing sugar

*1 1/2 cups orange flower water



Mix the almonds with 2 tablespoons sugar and grind them fine. Or use commersially ground almonds.Add remaining sugar, semolina, and 6 tablespoons orange flower water. Knead this mixture to a soft dough. If too stiff add 1 or 2 tablespoons orange flower water. Break off small pieces, the size of a walnut,and shape these into <<pears>>. At the end of each, insert 1 clove for the <<stalk>>. Arrange on a buttered and floured baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes in a slow oven. When the almond pears are cool, dip them quickly into orange flower water and then coat them again in icing sugar.



*4 eggs

*1 cup sugar

*3/4 cup soft butter

*1 teaspoon vanilla

*4 tablespoons milk

*4 cups self-raising flour (approx.)

Beat together the 2 eggs, 2egg yolks and sugar until light and fluffy.Add butter by spoonfuls and beat mixture about 5 minutes; add vanilla. Stir in milk and self-raising flour. Work with hands until the dough is smooth enough. Chill for an hour. Form dough into very small rings or fancy shapes. Arrange well apart on greased baking sheets, brush with beaten egg white and bake in a moderate oven for about 18 minutes.

NOTE: Sprincle biscuits with sugar before baking!!!



*3 cups sifted flour

*3 teaspoons baking powder

*1 cup butter

*1 cup sugar

*4 eggs

*3/4 cup milk

*1 teaspoon gated orange peel

*1 cup ground walnuts


*2 cups sugar

*1 cup water

*1/2 of a lemon juice

Sift flour with baking powder. In a large bowl, with mixer at medium speed, mix butter and sugar. Then add eggs and beat mixture until light and fluffy. At low speed or <<blend>> beat in flour mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Beat in gated orange peel and walnuts. Lightly grease and flour a 10x2 inches round pan or 13x9x2 inches oblong pan. Pour butter into pan. Bake in amodarate oven for about 1 hour. Cool. Meanwhile boil for 5 minutes the sugar, water and lemon juice, pour hot syrup over nut pie. Cool and cut into squares.


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