Recently, we wrote about Glyka tou koutaliou , fruit and vegetables in very sweet syrup. In Greece you can buy ready-made preserves, sometimes you can try them in the tavern. However, it is worth trying your hand and prepare your own jars with such delicacies. One of the more well-known and popular recipes is the one in which the bases are cherries.
Currently, they are still available for sale, so we strongly urge you to prepare these fruits in thick and sweet syrup. They will later be an excellent finish for desserts, an addition to granulated cheese, yoghurts or beverages.
The sugar content in the original recipe is considerable, so if you are afraid of this amount of sugar in sugar, you can of course add a bit less. When preparing a syrup, the task will be simplified by a confectionery thermometer, so it is worth to buy it.
1. We wash the cherries, we stone, and keep the seeds for later use. Then lay the fruit in layers in a deep pot, pour sugar on each layer and leave in a warm place for 4-5 hours.
2. After this time, pour a glass of water into the cherry. Pips are put into a gauze, we tie and put the package in a pot with cherries. We cook, mix all the time, collect the foam that arises. The cooking process should be quite fast and it is worth to measure the temperature of the syrup from time to time.
3. When it reaches about 115 degrees C, pour 1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice and cook for 3 minutes all the time removing the foam. When cooking, be careful that the syrup does not become too thick and that the sugar does not burn.
4. Fill previously prepared jars with cherries and fill with syrup so that the fruits are completely immersed in it. We tightly close.
Such prepared cherries can be stored at room temperature for many months.
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.
Glyka tou koutaliou is a Greek delicacy that means fruits (usually) made in very sweet syrup. Such delicacies sometimes offer taverns at the end of the main meal, it is also a popular addition to desserts. Trying them can be a real test of resistance to the Greek definition of sweets. On our website we have already given a way for cherries in syrup, and today we add a recipe for the preparation of cherries. We chose one of the simpler and less time-consuming recipes that we have been using successfully for several years.
Baklava is probably the most famous Greek dessert. However, let us put aside the genesis of its creation, because Turks, Bulgarians and several other Balkan countries also admit to the invention of baklava. Nevertheless, since the Greeks have invented almost everything, the baklava is probably also ;-)