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Soft Christmas honey biscuits with walnuts - Melomakarona

A classic Greek Christmas treat


  1. Put all the ingredients for the syrup except the honey in a saucepan and boil. After removing from the heat, add the honey and stir.

  2. Turn on the oven at 170 degrees in the air or at 160 with the fan off.

  3. Place all the liquid ingredients in a large bowl except for half the orange juice in which you dissolve the baking powder and then add it to the liquid ingredients. Add the sugar and stir with the whisk until dissolved.

  4. Add all the herbs and orange zest and stir a little.

  5. Add the flour and the semolina little by little.

  6. When you can no longer mix with the whisk, stir by hand. Caution! It needs minimal mixing so that the dough does not start to spit the oil.

  7. I shape the melomakarona and bake them for 23 minutes.

  8. Pour the hot melomakarona little by little into the cold syrup, leave them for about 30 seconds (you adjust the time according to your preference) and take them out.

  9. Sprinkle with walnuts and place on a plate.


For the dough

300 ml orange juice

480 ml of olive oil

30 ml of brandy

40 grams of sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

3 teaspoons of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 tsp baking soda

Zest of 2 oranges

840 g all-purpose flour

160 g fine semolina

For decoration:


200 g walnuts

For the syrup

500 ml of water

600 grams of sugar

200 g honey

3 cinnamon sticks

4 clove sticks

1/2 untreated orange

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