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       Title: Honey Cookies (Melomakarona)
  Categories: Cookies, Greek
       Yield: 60 servings
  
       1 c  Butter
     3/4 c  Caster sugar
     3/4 c  Maize or peanut oil
       1    Orange; grated rind only
       6 c  Plain flour
       4 ts Baking powder
     3/4 c  Orange juice
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            --------nut filling -- €
            (optional)---------
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       1 tb Honey
       2 ts Orange juice
   1 1/2 ts Ground cinnamon
   1 1/2 c  Finely chopped walnuts
       2 dr Almond essence
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            -------------honey -- €
            Syrup--------------
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       1 c  Sugar
       1 c  Water
     1/2    Cinnamon stick
   1 1/2 ts Lemon juice
       1    Thin strip of lemon rind
     1/4 c  Honey
  
     Oven temperature: 180 C (350 F)
   
     Beat butter and sugar with orange rind until creamy.  Gradually add oil
     and continue beating until mixture is very light and fluffy.  Stir in
     flour alternately with orange juice.  Knead dough lightly with hands for
   1
     minute.
   
     Take a scant tablespoon of dough and flatten it a little.  Place a
     teaspoon of the nut filling in the centre and fold dough over to enclose
     filling.
   
     Shape into ovals, pinching ends to a point.  Decorate tops with tines of
     fork or by crimping cookies diagonally across top in four rows with
     special crimper (see NOTE), or leave them plain.
   
     Place on lightly greased baking trays and bake in a moderate oven for
     20-25 minutes until golden brown.  Cool on wire racks.
   
     Dip in boiling syrup, four at a time, turning cookies once.  Leave in
     syrup 10 seconds in all, longer if well-soaked cookies are preferred.
     Lift out onto a plate and leave until cool.
   
     (If no nut filling is used, sprinkle tops with crushed walnuts or
   toasted
     sesame seeds and cinnamon.  Only those which are to be served should be
     dipped; store remainder in an airtight container and dip when required.
   
     TO MAKE NUT FILLING: Thin honey down with orange juice and blend into
     remaining ingredients.
   
     TO MAKE HONEY SYRUP: Place ingredients in a heavy-based saucepan and
   stir
     over heat until sugar dissolves.  Bring to the boil and boil over
     moderately high heat for 10 minutes and skim.  Let syrup boil on a
     moderate heat while dipping cookies.  Add a little water to syrup when
   it
     thickens too much during dipping.
   
     NOTE: Icing crimpers will be familiar to many pastrycooks and cake
     decorators who work with icing.  If you don't own a crimper (or have
   never
     seen one), have the family handyman cut a piece of tin or aluminium
   plate
     about 2.5 x 10 cm (1 x 4 inches).  Bend metal in half over a thin rod
   and
     cut 6 to 8 evenly spaced saw-like teeth on the narrow edges.  Curl the
     “teeth” slightly inwards.
   
     Source: The Greek Cookbook, by Tess Mallos
     Typos courtesy of: Karen Mintzias
  
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