Greek Easter Cookies: Six tips for the most delicious koulourakia

easter koulourakia

Koulourakia are one of the most beloved and delicious traditional Easter sweets. They have a real storm of flavours and aromas. The kids love to dip them into a big mug of milk, and we dip them into a cup of steaming coffee.

We can make them very easily, even if we are beginners in confectionery, as long as we carefully follow the steps of the recipe and some simple but important tips.

We will give you some tips on how to put the most delicious and crunchy koulourakia on the festive table this year.

1. High quality ingredients

easter koulourakia

Among other things, it is important to know that the ingredients used are the key to a tasty and crispy result. The butter, which provides moisture and flavour, must be fresh and high-quality.

Equally, the flour must be of very good quality to give the right texture and shape.

2. Correct proportions and precision in weighing

When you start preparing, it is important to reverently follow the proportions and recipes. This is a more general rule in confectionery since weighing the ingredients is critical to the final result.

This ensures that the koulourakia has the perfect flavour and texture balance.

So, to make them fluffy and crunchy at the same time, you have to keep the right proportions and weigh your ingredients carefully.

3. Mixing the Ingredients Properly

easter koulourakia

Mixing the butter and sugar well is key to creating a creamy, fluffy base for your koulourakia. The addition of eggs and other ingredients must be done with precision and care to maintain the correct consistency of the dough.

Proper blending technique is also key to creating the fluffy effect. Beat the butter with the sugar until fluffy, then gradually add the rest of the ingredients.

A good idea is to use an electric mixer to ensure your mixture is even.

4. Be careful with the kneading

When kneading, it is important not to overdo it. A light kneading is enough to make the koulourakia crispy and fluffy. The addition of flour should be gradual to maintain the dough's correct consistency.

5. Variety of Flavourings

easter koulourakia

Add flavourings such as lemon or orange zest to give your koulourakia a distinct flavour. You can also experiment with flavouring extracts like vanilla or almond oil to add some interesting flavour notes.

6. Shaping and baking time

Use your hands to shape the koulourakia with care and love, giving them the desired shape. You can also use cup pats in various cute shapes, such as bunnies and hearts.

Finally, the baking process is equally important.

After shaping the dough, put the koulourakia in wide pans and bake them in a preheated oven. Baking must be done with care: we need to glance at the koulourakia from time to time so they don't burn.

The baking time depends on the type and size of the koulourakia but usually ranges from 10 to 15 minutes.

With these tips and techniques, you can create the most delicious and crunchy koulourakia to delight your friends and family.

Evi Tsoropoulou is a columnist for Cantina. Translated by Paul Antonopoulos.

READ MORE: Tsoureki - Traditional Greek Easter bread.


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