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Traditional Greek Deserts

Greek food is truly the food of the Gods. The Greek deserts are no exception. They are simple dishes that have survived thousands of years bringing the same delight today as they did in ancient Greek times.

Greek deserts must be the most tempting and mouthwatering sweets produced today.
Not a single Greek home would dare to be without a good selection of sweets and pastries to offer to their friends or passing visitors showing once again the Greek hospitality.

With a more than plentiful amount of nuts available in Greece (walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts and almonds) it is no surprise that the nuts are widely used in desserts, such as, Baklava and Kataifi and Karidopita (walnut cake). Most of the Greek recipes are made from syrup (honey or sugar with water) together with the spices cloves and cinnamon producing a taste dripping in sweetness.
Also very popular deserts are Greek Yogurt (with honey and walnuts), Halvas, and Galaktobouriko.

In Rhodes there are a number of established Zacharoplasteion (confectionery shops) dedicated in producing these traditional sweets.

As a Greek custom the sweets are offered at birthday or name day celebrations as Kerasma (an offering as good will) by the person who is celebrating. The shops will also make personal cakes, (for any occasion) produced from photographs/pictures and with their expertise they are packed into a decorative cake box, with an elaborate ribbon tied around it presented with a beautiful bow, making the perfect gift.

Many sweets are also prepared at special times of the year, Melomakarona, (a honey drenched cookie), which is always made at Christmas together with Kourabiedes (a sugar/almond cookie recipe). At Easter time Koulourakia (Easter cookies) and Tsourekia (Easter bread) are made.
At Rhodian weddings and Christenings Melekounia, sesame and honey sweets are specially made for this occasions. It is usually shaped into a triangle and wrapped in cellophane with a ribbon tied around it.

These exquisite treats will surely find their way into your heart after the first bite accompanied by a traditional Greek coffee... You won't be disappointed. Kali Orexi - Bon Appetit