The name Kourabies has its roots in the words kuru, which means dry, and biye, which means biscuit. It is most likely that this name originated from Turkey and made its way into the Greek language during the period of Ottoman rule.
Kourabies is considered to be a traditional Greek treat and a classic among all Greek home-baked goodies. It has rightfully earned the title of “happy treat” as it is always there to adorn and sweeten every joyous occasion, social gathering and holiday celebration.
Many regions claim the origin of the recipe and every place has its own version, which it proudly passes on from generation to generation. This explains the countless number of versions that can be found today in different parts of Greece.
Our culinary journey through Greece in search of the recipe that would form the basis of our own, inevitably led us to the port of Kavala. Many consider the recipe from Kavala to be the “authentic” one and it is certainly the most famous and widespread of all.
Kavala is one of Greece’s most picturesque cities. Its unique character and spectacular location, built amphitheatrically on the slopes of the Symvolo mountain range in northern Greece, make it one of the most beautiful cities in the country, and a bustling harbour that unites the East with the West, Europe with Asia.
Its cultural and gastronomic identity has always been highly praised. References to the city go far back to the prehistoric period, culminating in the Homeric narrations, and continue to the present day.
The city’s fascinating and diverse cuisine has been enriched with elements introduced by Greeks arriving in the area from the regions of the Black Sea, Cappadocia, and the western coastal cities of Asia Minor.
Kourabies with vanilla
Based on the original traditional recipe, we have come up with a 100% natural, nutritious product, by including a high content of caramelized, crushed almonds, an even sprinkling of castor sugar on the outside and pure, fresh butter that offers a “melting in the mouth” texture. And, of course … the classic vanilla flavor we all love.
Kourabies with Greek coffee
We thought “how can an accompaniment to coffee not contain coffee?” Well, here it is!
Greek coffee with its particular aroma and slightly acidic taste, gives an interesting, modern twist to our classic Kourabies. Balancing its sweetness with the distinctive flavor of coffee, while adding the discreet taste of almonds, we have created an ideal accompaniment not only to coffee or tea, but also to an alcoholic drink.
Kourabies with cinnamon
Cinnamon or “canella” – as we call it in Greek – is widely used in our cuisine and especially in our desserts. Its “hot”, aromatic flavor is quite distinctive, and is adored by fans around the world. We have combined it with nutmeg, turmeric and walnuts, all very “close friends” of cinnamon. We have really been amazed by the result! A “winter” flavored treat, ideal for breakfast, with milk or coffee.
Kourabies with anise
A classic Greek treat meets a classic Greek plant. Well known from ouzo, the traditional Greek aperitif, anise – also called aniseed – is a plant native to the eastern Mediterranean region and Southwest Asia. Anise is sweet and very aromatic, with a very characteristic flavor.
The seeds, whole or ground, are used in a wide variety of ethnic confectioneries. We have combined it with pistachio from the Greek island of Aegina, considered to be among the finest pistachios in the world.
Kourabies with anise is an ideal after lunch or after dinner dessert, the ultimate “summer” treat.