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(Experiment 171)Koulourakia

I was seeking recipes to use my ammonia carbonate on and found those nice Greek cookies. I did have some 20+ y ago via a work colleague but my souvenir of its taste is pretty hazy. Lately, I have seen those at Adonis grocery and they look pretty popular around Easter.

So what do they taste like? These cookies are lightly sweet with a hint of orange, crispy on the outside but the interior is much softer.


You need

  • 250g all-purpose flour
  • 62g butter room temp
  • 85g sugar
  • 3g ammonia carbonate
  • 33g lukewarm milk ( ~100F)
  • dash vanilla extract
  • zest from half an orange or lemon
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg wash (egg yolk beaten with a little bit of water)
  • (Optional) sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer, cream the butter(using the leaf) and add the sugar. Mix until combined
  2. Add the egg, vanilla extract and orange zest and mix
  3. Warm the milk in a pot on the range or blast it in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Once it’s warm add the ammonia carbonate and stir well. Add it to the stand mixer bowl
  4. Add about half the flour and mix until it’s combined. Add another half and again mix. Repeat with remaining flour. The dough should be tacky but not sticky
  5. Cover with plastic film and let it rest for 30 minutes
  6. At this point preheat your oven to 400F
  7. Dump the dough on your work surface. Take a piece of the dough and roll it with your hands, it will make a long roll. You can make whatever shape you fancy but traditionally they are twisted ( as pictured). Line the dough in a baking tray covered with parchment paper. Repeat for remaining dough. Make sure not to put each dough next to each other as they will double in size. Brush some of the egg wash on top of each dough. If you want, sprinkle some sesame seeds on top
  8. Bake for 15-20mins or until golden
  9. Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack. Once cooled make sure to store them in an airtight container.

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