Kourabiedes (almond biscuits) from Messinia

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Kourabiedes (almond biscuits) from Messinia

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Ingredients

700 gr. all-purpose flour sifted
1 tsp baking powder
300 gr. cow butter at room temperature
400 gr. powdered sugar
250 gr. almonds roasted
1 tsp cinnamon
Half a tsp nutmeg grated
1 vanilla
700 gr. flour sifted
1 tsp baking powder
FOR THE FINISH
Rose water
powdered sugar
  • Medium

Ingredients

  • FOR THE FINISH

Directions

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Kourabiedes (almond biscuits) from Messenia

Delicious poems…

Kourabies has its own history… it first appear in Persia, in the 7th century, when sugar spread to the region. However, Lebanon is also claiming the paternity of Kourabie. The name kourabie comes from the Albanian word kurabie or gurabie or the Turkish kurabiye or the Arabic qurabiya which means Kuru, dry and biye, cookie.

A similar cookies to kourabiedes, Polvoron, is found in South America and Texas.

The customary snow sweet that stars in the delicious events of the holidays … was established as the sweet of Christmas and New Year because it “gives” good luck.

In fact, it is said that the more almonds the kourabies has, the luckier the house and the householder…

The good luck that “brings”, has established him and in several areas of Greece is offered at weddings and baptisms.

One of the most beautiful kourabiedes I have tried are those of Nikos Drakopoulos, with the recipe of his mother, who was an amazing cook. The cuisine of Messinia is one of the most authentic and delicious, the ingredients are excellent and the Messinians know the “art of hospitality” from a young age.

Kourabiedes (almond biscuits) from Messinia

By Nikos Drakopoulos, Akrogiali Hotel, Ag. Andreas, Messinia

Steps

1
Done
15 minutes

In the mixer bucket, we beat the butter with the powdered sugar for 15 minutes until it "fluffs"

2
Done

We add the cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, vanilla and coarsely chopped almonds.

3
Done

We slowly add the flour and mix until the ingredients are homogenous.

4
Done

We shape the kourabiedes in the shape we want.

5
Done

We always prefer them round and small.

6
Done

We spread baking paper on the baking tray and place our kourabiedes, making sure they are spaced apart.

7
Done
15 minutes

We bake in a preheated oven at 180 ° C for 15 minutes until they have a nice color.

8
Done
3 hours

We take them out of the oven and let them cool well for at least 3 hours, without covering them to keep them crisp.

9
Done

We sprinkle them with a little rose water and let them dry well.

10
Done

Then sprinkle them with powdered sugar until they are completly covered.

11
Done

If we do not like sugar we can enjoy the kourabiedes like butter cookies with almond….

TDriver

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