Friday, 10 July 2015


“I said to the almond tree, ‘Friend, speak to me of God’, and the almond tree blossomed.” - Nikos Kazantzakis

A traditional Greek sweetmeat today, which although simple is delicious. These sweets are traditionally offered to guests when they arrive at one’s house, together with a glass of iced water. They are also popular in wedding feasts to symbolise the joys (sugar) and sorrows (bitterness of almonds) that the couple will live through together.

2 cups of roasted, freshly ground blanched almonds
1 cup of caster sugar
2 egg whites
1/2 cup ground, plain corn flakes
1/2 cup amaretto liqueur
1 teaspoonful almond essence
Glacé cherries
Whole cloves (optional)
Icing sugar, orange flower water

Mix the almonds, caster sugar and cornflakes well and then add the beaten egg whites, flavour and liqueur.  Knead well to form a soft dough.  Take a glacé cherry and a tablespoonful of the dough and shape into a pear, enclosing the cherry in the centre of each petit four.  Bake in medium hot oven for 15-20 minutes. It is important to get the outside quite firm while maintain the middle softish (do not overcook). Brush with orange flower water while still hot and dust liberally with icing sugar. Place a whole clove on the top of each little “pear” to resemble a stem.
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  1. this is not your photo.. it bellongs to my site and you didnt take permission to use it ...

    1. My apologies, the recipe is my mother's. The photo I took at the time didn't turn out. It was too dark and unusable. I have removed your photo.
      Kind regards and happy cooking.

  2. you dont even have the dicency to mention where did you take the photo and the receipe