Xronia Polla! Celebrating with Amygdalota me Orange!

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So today is Orthodox Christmas. Widely celebrated in Eastern Europe and Medetarrian countries, I still call it Greek Christmas for two reasons. One because I’m half Greek and that’s why I celebrate it (duh) and two because 95% of the population of Greece is Orthodox while the numbers are smaller (though still fairly high) in other area of Europe (87% in Romania for example, 80% in Ukraine, etc). So Happy Greek Christmas. Or as my mother and my aunts and uncles would say, Xronia Polla!

In Canada, we normally don’t celebrate it much at all. We’ll usually have dinner together but that’s no different from any other Sunday. Being so far from everyone right now though, I feel the need to celebrate extra the little things. Even though it doesn’t directly involve our families I think it keeps the kids engaged and remembering. So we made Amygdalota me Orange (aka Orange Scented Almond Cookies) to celebrate! Usually I make Kourabiethes or Melomakarona but I can only make those when I know there are a bunch of other people around to eat them because otherwise I am in serious danger of eating them all myself. These cookies though, they make a smaller batch and they are a little more transportable. I’ll be mailing this batch to my folks. <3 These are officially my second cookie of 2013!

Amygdalota me Orange

Amygdalota me Orange via Cat Cora

3 cups blanched almonds
3 cups confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon orange water
1/4 cup orange juice, plus some for shaping

First, process the almonds into a almond meal, and add 2 1/2 cups sugar. Then pour the mixture into a saucepan over medium high heat. Add the orange water and the orange juice and mix it until the sugar as dissolved and the liquids are all mixed in. Cool.

From here, you can shape it into the traditional pear shape or you can chop it into chunks instead. Either way, roll it through icing sugar, wrap it in cellophane and leave it for three days before you serve it. In my case it’ll take about 4 days to mail to my parents so it should be perfect by the time they get it.

Amygdalota me Orange
Amygdalota me Orange
Amygdalota me Orange
Amygdalota me Orange
Amygdalota me Orange
Amygdalota me Orange
Amygdalota me Orange
2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Natalie  •  Jan 6, 2013 @9:14 pm

    Need to try these, never even heard of them before but they look quite good!

    I haven’t had them in forever! I’ll have to report back later this week how they turned out when they get to my parent’s place.

  2. Pamela  •  Jan 9, 2013 @11:26 am

    WOW, never heard of these and they look great!

    Thanks! Hopefully they were tasty too!

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