Koulouria - Greek Cookies
I love the smell of freshly cooked Greek cookies during the Easter time. You can make them at any time of the year of course but traditionally they are made during Easter The ingredients are simple to gather but it does require some work to get the dough right, that's the tricky bit. As most of you would know it does take a couple of tries to get the recipes right so if you don't get it right the first time have another try.
The amount of ingredients used below would make about 140 koulouria, rather a large amount if you just making them for family, so adjust the amounts accordingly.
3 cups of sugar
1 250g butter (melted)
100 ml vegetable oil
7 700g size eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla essence
200 ml freshly squeezed orange juice
2 kilos self raising flour (approximately)
Let's start off with the easy stuff, mix the eggs, vanilla essense and sugar in a mixing bowl and use a blender to mix these ingredients until the mixture turns white or it's all well mixed together.
Next, add the oil and butter and again mix with the blender for about 3 minutes.
Now while still mixing with the blender slowly add the flour and mix it in well, continue to add flour until the mixture becomes firm. You may need to remove from the blender and mix by hand after a while as it will become difficult for the blender to continue turning. This is where it get's tricky, you will need to keep adding flour until it becomes firm enough that you can plait the koulouria but not hard where the dough is brittle and breaks. The photo below may help to get the firmness right.
Now once the dough is nice and firm you break a piece of dough and roll it in strips of about 15 cm's and twists the two ends a couple of times and cut off the ends to make them look nice as show in the video and place in a greased tray, space them as shown in the photo.
Once the tray is full place it in the oven at 180 celsius for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.
The below video shows how to twist them in their finished state.
If anyone has tried this recipe, please feel free to drop a comment. Would love to hear your thoughts.