Melomakarona (about 4 doz)
1 1/2 cups softened butter (yeah, I know)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup orange juice
2 t. grated orange rind (optional)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
2 Tablespoons whiskey or Metaxa
2 tsp. browned and ground sesame seeds (yeah, it's a unique flavor)
6 cups flour (approximate)
2 tsp. baking soda (you low landers might need to add 1/4 tsp. more)
1/2 cups chopped walnuts (plus more for topping below)
1 1/2 cups finely chopped walnuts
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
dash ground cloves
1/2 tsp browned and ground sesame seeds
1 1/2 cups water
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup honey
Mix butter, oil, and sugar. Add orange juice, rind and whiskey. Blend well. Sift together cinnamon, cloves, flour and baking soda. Add to butter mixture and mix well. Blend in sesame seeds and walnuts. Add more flour if mix does not leave side of bowl. Dough should be soft, but not sticky. Knead for 3 minutes. Pinch off a tablespoon size (or smallish walnut size) and form into oblong and slightly flattened rolls. (today we did slightly flattened rounds). Place on ungreased cookie sheet or parchment and bake 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until slightly brown. Cool...if on parchment just pull to table top. Cooking on wire racks seems to crack them more easily. While cookies are cooking, make the syrup and prepare topping. For syrup, put all ingredients into a saucepan and boil for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Topping: mix all together.
Now for the dunking:
Place the room temperature cookies into the warm syrup for 2 minutes, turning them. Do not dunk more than 3 or 4 at a time. Remove with slotted spoon to a platter and sprnkle with the nut topping.
Store covered, will keep a week or so. You may want to move them into a paper muffin cup to serve. Several fill a cup nicel
|I just copied it in to my on line from oes. sounds so differeny and very good, thanks. Deana|
|My mouth watered while reading the recipe. Anything with a topping or syrup always gets me (and my love handles).
Do you seriously make that many? I mean...really... that's insane!!!
I can't wait to get my oven!! Should come this upcoming week, but Mr. J will be in the Gulf of Mexico on business, so I have to wait until he returns to hook up the gas connection or whatever he needs to do.
|Jo, I'd call in a gas man to hook it up! Seriously, that's going to be such an awesome cooking device I couldn't wait to start experimenting. Plus I don't care how handy a hubby is, when it comes to gas installation, call in an expert. In fact here it's the law.....for those who follow the law.
I thought of you for the recipe and the main reason I posted it. You are willing to put the extra effort into something.
Yes, we did make that many. Please note "we". Get a group of women around shaping the dough and chatting, big restaurant size trays that hold 50 cookies at a time and 4 ovens.........no sweat. Of course the syrup requires a super big pot and there are only a few of us tall enough to peek over to the top while it cooks and to ladle out the syrup. And fewer who can lift the thing to clean it
It is mind blowing when a recipe starts with 24 lbs of butter, etc
|That does sound like fun. I can just about taste those little yummies!|
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