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Honey Cakes
( Melomakárona )

A Christmas Dish.

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1 cup of good quality butter
1cup of light olive oil
1 kilo of self-raising flour
1 cup of sugar
1 small spoonful of cinnamon
˝ small spoonful of ground cloves
Grated peel from 2 oranges
1 small spoonful of baking soda
1 cup of strained yoghurt
1 cup of walnuts, chopped

For the syrup:

2 glasses of sugar
3 glasses of water
3 glasses of honey
Juice of 1 lemon
Walnuts and cinnamon for sprinkling


Put the self-raising flour and the butter into a large mixing bowl. Beat the butter well, adding the oil, then add the sugar, the cinnamon, the cloves, the grated orange peel, the soda and the yoghurt. Knead well and add the walnuts to the dough. Then divide the dough into portions and roll into small cigar shapes; bake them in the oven till browned. Ensure that when they are put into the baking tin, they are not too close to one another or too big, because they will swell. When they have cooled, prepare the syrup. Put the sugar with the water to boil for 10 minutes, then add the honey. Coat the cakes with the syrup in the following way. As the syrup is boiling, put as many of the little cakes into the pan as will fit comfortably. Allow to boil for 1 minute; remove immediately and place on a baking tray. When all the cakes have been treated in the syrup, supplement the boiling syrup with 1-2 cups of water. Once it has boiled again, put 3-4 cakes at a time in a straining spoon and dip them back in the syrup for 1 minute again. Then sprinkle with the walnuts and cinnamon. Treat the rest of the cakes in the same way.

1 honey cake, calories: 95.
Cooking time: 30-35 minutes.

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