The “koulouraki” is an archetype of Greek baking, a light, flavorful and nutritious cookie treat. The braided version is a classic. It is served in many regions of Greece and it comes in various shapes and recipes. It is considered an everyday treat, always present in every Greek home to welcome the “unexpected” visitor.
The Peloponnese, the peninsula in southern Greece is the birthplace of our original koulouraki recipe. We have selected the specific area for the many different and interesting ingredients that local housewives used to add in their koulouraki recipe.
The beautiful Peloponnese peninsula has a mountainous interior and deeply indented coasts. Rich in mythological stories and homeland of the ancient Olympic Games, Peloponnese is definitely a land of mystery and interest.
It is blessed with climatic conditions that favor agricultural production and its culinary history has been formed by the various occupants that inhabited the area: franks, ottomans and venetians.
Oranges, grapes and olives are the most common fruits of the area, while cinnamon is Peloponnesian cuisine’s favourite spice. Local cooks often “sweeten” their savoury dishes by adding some cinnamon and raisins, giving them a hot, spicy flavour.
Koulouraki with orange
Village women in the Sparta region of the Peloponnese consider orange a key ingredient, surely affected by the intense fragrance arising from the blossoming citrus groves in the area. Our recipe is based on this treasured local one.
Koulouraki with cinnamon
Cinnamon is Peloponnesian cuisine’s favourite spice. Local cooks often “sweeten” their savoury dishes by adding some cinnamon and raisins, giving them a hot, spicy flavour. It is inevitably also an integral part of their homemade desserts, the local braided cinnamon cookies being the most popular in Greece. It came as natural to use it in one of our koulouraki recipes…
Koulouraki with mahleb
We have chosen to enrich our koulouraki with mahleb, the unique aromatic spice which tastes like bitter almond and cherry. It gives our cookies a taste of Greek Easter, since it is the most common ingredient in traditional, local Easter sweets.