We have already written about the baking with the use of filo many times. This universal Greek cake is used both in salt-based baked goods, such as spanakopita, but also in sweet, even very popular baklava. This thin cake can also be combined with a pumpkin with which it will create a fantastic combination.
Pumpkin in Greek cuisine is in the form of a filling - salty or sweet - in pits. The version we have prepared from a piece of pumpkin is sweet and very spicy. Sprinkled with powdered sugar becomes a perfect addition to breakfast or coffee.
You can also add crushed nuts to the filling but this is not an essential ingredient. Without them, it will also be delicious! We urge you to try this recipe until you can buy a pumpkin. Our experiments show that this dish is perfectly suitable for those varieties of pumpkin that are sweet and quite delicate in taste (eg melon or musk pumpkin).
The proportions of the ingredients are quite indicative, the amount of sugar and spices is good to adapt to your own taste. The filling should be quite sweet and very aromatic.
1. Clean the pumpkin with seeds and cut into smaller pieces without removing the skin. Fry the pulp with a small amount of olive oil and bake in the oven at about 180 degrees for 40-50 minutes. The baking time may vary depending on how large the pieces are to cut the pumpkin. After baking, it should be soft.
2. Then separate the pulp from the skin and mix it. Add sugar, spices and optional nuts and mix thoroughly.
3. We filo the filo pastry a bit earlier (two hours are enough). Then cut them in half to create narrower pieces (15-20 cm). Four pieces of cake will be needed for each roll. Each of them we lubricate separately with olive oil and put one on top of each other. You can also use melted butter for spreading - we leave the choice to you. Place 3-4 tablespoons of filling on the top of the fourth panel and spread them over the entire surface. It can not be too little or too much, because the patches can crack during baking and the filling gets out. Then carefully begin to roll up the dough pieces to make a roll. In this way, we proceed with each subsequent portion of Philo.
4. Once we have all the rolls ready, put them on a baking tray and bake in the oven at 180 degrees for about 30 minutes. The dough should change color to gold.
5. After removing it from the oven, let it cool for a few minutes and then sprinkle it with powdered sugar.
Vasilopita is one of the most characteristic pastries prepared in Greece especially for the New Year. Depending on the region, you can meet many different rules that exist under the same name. Some of these cakes are reminiscent of a sweet challah and others are the basis for preparing a filo pastry, which is wrapped with the addition of sweet or spicy filling. Below you will find a recipe for a traditional vasilopita in the form of a biscuit dough.
Butter cookies koulourakia is one of the popular snacks, which often appears in Greece during Christmas and Easter. This treat, however, is not served only during the holidays, but quite often guests on Greek tables without any opportunity. Cookies are usually served as an addition to coffee and in this form they work perfectly. Quite often, koulourakia are also served in Greek hotels, where they are served during breakfast.
Kourabiedes are Greek butter cookies traditionally baked on the occasion of Christmas and larger family celebrations. According to the legend, their characteristic crescent shape was used during the Turkish occupation as a reference to the Turkish flag. After Greece regained its independence, these cakes began to be formed into other shapes, most often round and flat.