Melomakarona

                                                                                         

Ingredients:

For the dough:

For the syrup:

For topping:

Preparation:

For the dough:

Mix the olive oil with the sugar and the orange juice.

Blend half of the flour with the baking powder and the baking soda. Mix the flour mixture with the olive oil orange juice mix.

Add the metaxa, the walnuts and the semolina adn mix well. Add the salt, cinnamon, cloves, orange and lemon zest to the dough.

This should result in runny bur thick dough.

Now you have to knead the remaining flour into the mixture and knead until you have a humid, non sticky dough.

Let it rest for an hour.

Now you can form the little oval cookies that are just like oversized olives.

Place them on a lined baking tray. Press them with a fork jsut a loittle bit, so they get an inprint.

This the typical pattern of the cookies (we ommited this).

Bake the cookies in the preheated oven at 180 °C for 25 minutes. Then let them cool down.

For the syrup:

For preparing the syrup you have to just put all the ingredients into a small pan and let them simmer for a few minutes.

Dip the cookies into the syrup and let them soak for a couple of minutes.

Then place them on a roasting tray. They should sit on the roasting tray over night in order to soak perfectly.

You can check on them occasionally and even dip them once more. It is good to use up all the syrup that you made.

The cookies need some time to soak and will develop their taste fully over night.

(Be careful though that the cookies never sit for a long time in the syrup in order not to get soggy).

The next day place the cookies on a plate and sprinkele some crushed walnuts, the cinnamon and the cloves over them (we ommited this).