Christmas Countdown Recipes: Almond Pears

Almond Pears Recipe

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Christmas Countdown Recipes: Almond Pears

Kathy Tsaples

These beautiful delicacies are traditionally made in Greek islands such as Hydra and Mytilini. They are a celebratory treat offered at weddings and christenings. At christenings, we pin a pink or blue bow with a clove to the pears.

I always make a platter of Amigthalota Ahlathia (Almond Pears) for Christmas. I learnt to make these from my neighbours Milton and Dimi, as he is from Mytilini. Milton’s sister Alexandra also makes them.

Today I present on GCT, how to make the most delicious Almond Pears.

  • 1 kg almonds, blanched, dried and ground
  • 3 tbsp fine semolina
  • 3 egg whites
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1  cup of rosewater
  • 2  cups of caster sugar
  • 25 g packet of vanilla sugar
  • 2 cups of pure icing sugar
  • cloves (as garnish)
  1. Dry the blanched almonds in the oven, then grind them finely in a food processor. Combine the egg whites (lightly beaten with a fork), almonds, semolina, caster and vanilla sugars, and half the rosewater in a bowl, and mix to make a pliable paste. Allow this mixture to rest overnight.
  2. The next day, knead the paste again while adding in the honey. If the paste is too dry, add a little more rosewater. If it is too wet and can’t be moulded, add a little more semolina.
  3. Preheat your oven to 180 ̊C.
  4. Mould small amounts of the paste into pear-like shapes and add a clove on top. Bake for 15–20 minutes.
  5. Once out of the oven, brush with rosewater and thoroughly cover with icing sugar.
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