Chocolate tsoureki, 2 ways

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Tsoureki, our sweet Easter bread is by far the most popular treat during Easter. Traditionally, we use mahlep and mastic in the dough as flavourings. But then here comes the chocolate and who can resist chocolate? Not me, for one. I tried out two versions of chocolate tsoureki, a fancy with chocolate cinnamon filling braided into an infinity knot and a chocolate in disguise tsoureki, that looks plain and normal but hides a ready-made praline filling. They are both ace!

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QUEEN OF TARTS… (Off with that slice!)

chocolate and rasberry tart @eatyourselfgreek

I promised you dessert last week. And I kept my word… I know the Lent has officially started so…apologies in advance. A couple of weeks back in London, I didn’t really have to try hard to convince Eugenia about my choice of dessert.  Uttering words such as: “chocolate, tart, with ganache and raspberries” was a quick and easy sell. “Get on it”, she said. I was only happy to oblige. Continue reading

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Kannelbullar, Swedish cinnamon buns

 Nordic baking session, part 1

cinnamon rolls

So here is a pastry that goes by many names: a cinnamon bun, a snail or a roll. No matter what you call this pastry, the Swedish cinnamon bun is truly delicious and super worth the effort to make at home. Why a Swedish pastry on a Greek food blog? Apart from the fact that I love cinnamon & cardamom, I have friends from up North visiting and we indulged in a Nordic Christmassy Bake off; it didn’t involve melomakarona this time. Continue reading

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Fig, honey and manouri cheesecake – 3 years of Eat Yourself Greek

Celebrating with a sweet bite

fig, honey and manouri cheesecake @eatyourselfgreek

On every birthday, it’s an opportunity to look back at the year that passed and see how far you have reached. Eat yourself Greek doesn’t have all the Greek recipes, neither has my galaktoboureko gone viral. Homely, traditional recipes rarely fall under the A-list of popular, unless you are really fond of homely flavours. Eat Yourself Greek is very much about simple and clear flavours and it is travelling its way through the blogosphere like a small boat that has opened sail on a fine breeze. This alone is reason enough to get a sweet treat: honey and fig cheesecake with manouri. Continue reading

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Amygdalota of Mykonos

Sweet Greek flavours

Traditional Greek sweets always distanced themselves from gooey, melty chocolate or fluffy cakes. The sweetest pleasures are found bottled in crystal jars to preserve small bites of fruit from one season to the next, our famous ‘spoon sweets’ that are, in essence, wholesome marmalades. Along with fruit and vegetable preserves the next best thing is nuts. Walnuts and almonds grind their way into small delicious bites. There are many versions for baking these small almond or walnut based delicacies. For Mykonos, I chose amygdalota: fragrant almond based bites, dusted in icing sugar, a soft reminder of the white washed houses. Continue reading

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Thoughts and recipe on mayiritsa

Traditional Greek Easter dishes

mayiritsa @eatyourselfgreek

There is one Greek dish that can easily claim the prize of the most controversial of all dishes as far as Greek cooking is concerned. It’s a soup, it has plenty of greens, we enjoy it during Easter and it has a secret ingredient that could make you squeamish. For those in the know, you have already guessed the dish: mayiritsa! For those new to the dish, just name five animal organs you have never seen on a plate: Bingo! Continue reading

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Campari and sanguini jelly

inspired by the Greek 80’s

Campari blood orange jelly

Greece in the 80s, what was it like? There is an exhibition running in the center of Athens, at Technopolis, dedicated to this bittersweet decade, focusing on contemporary life, from politics to architecture – with a wonderful reconstruction of an urban 80s household – to music, fashion and toys. There were a couple of talks on food and I admit I didn’t get a chance to pop by. But the exhibition in itself is a great opportunity to retrospect and of course, cook. There is Campari and blood orange jelly!

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