Traditional Greek Desserts to Try

Dec 29, 2018

What’s better than pairing a great cup of coffee with a traditional Greek dessert? Nothing! But did you know there’s far more to Greek desserts than a slice of incredible Baklava? Here’s a list of some of our favorites that are sure to thrill your taste buds.

The Heavenly Bougatsa Dessert

You’ll find this delicious dessert served everywhere in Greece. This is a treat made of phyllo dough, butter, honey, and a rich custard filling. What’s not to love about Bougatsa?

If you’d like to whip this up in your own kitchen, here’s a version to please your family. Place phyllo sheets, in a bunched fashion, into a buttered rectangular baking dish. Drizzle melted butter over the sheets. Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes, until lightly golden

While it’s baking, beat together 3 eggs, a half cup milk, a half cup sugar, and a tsp. of vanilla. Then, pour over the phyllo dough, and bake another 30 minutes, until golden. Let cool, then sprinkle with cinnamon and powdered sugar. Wonderful!

The Most Popular Greek Dessert – Kataifi

This is a popular dessert in Greece made with a pastry called Kataifi — similar to a thin pasta. This dessert is baked to perfection then covered in a sweet syrup.

Here’s one you can whip up to surprise your family over the holidays. For syrup, you will need to boil 16 oz of sugar with 12 oz of water. Add the lemon zest and a cinnamon stick. Set aside. To make the filling, you will need to pulse 9 oz of walnuts with a pinch of cinnamon and cloves.

As for the dough, you will have to butter the bottom of a rectangular baking pan, open the Kataifi dough, and spread small portions in your hand. Center a bit of the filling, then gently roll the dough into a cylinder, and place in the pan. Brush with melted butter and repeat. Cook at 375 for about 1 hour. Once removed, pour the cooled syrup over the top. Cover with a towel, and let it sit about 10 minutes. This dessert is best served warm with ice cream.

The Traditional Greek Yogurt with Fruit

Do you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, but stay on the healthy side? Another traditional dessert in Greece is a rich yogurt topped with fresh fruit and nuts. This is a wonderful choice as a snack, or breakfast alternative.

Just grab your favorite Greek yogurt and place it in a stemmed glass. Top it with fresh fruit: blueberries, raspberries, strawberries are particularly good (and healthy) but go with your favorites. Top with seeds or nuts, and garnish with a mint leave. Perfection!

The Sweetest Greek Baklava

It’s just not possible to talk about traditional Greek desserts without mentioning Baklava. Loved throughout the world, this delicious treat — made with phyllo dough, butter, and honey — has been thrilling dessert lovers for generations.

Here’s one you can try at home that will have your guests asking for more. Take a 9×13 buttered baking dish and place phyllo dough, sheet by sheet, in the bottom of the pan.

Brush melted butter over each sheet as you go. Half way in, add chopped nuts with sugar.

Then continue the butter and sheet process, layering with chopped nuts. Slice through into diagonal pieces and place in a 350-degree heated oven. Bake for about 50 minutes, or until golden. While it’s baking, take a cup of water, a cup of sugar, and bring to a boil. Add a tsp of vanilla and a half cup of honey. Simmer together. When Baklava is done, pour the sauce over the top. Cool and serve.

Be sure to get the coffee brewing, and enjoy your sweet Greek treat!

If you’re in the mood for a delicious, traditional Greek Desserts, or other authentic Greek foods, look for Lemon and Vine products at your local grocery store. To learn more, check out our website!

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