Honey Olive Oil Biscuits „Melomakarona“

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MANI extra virgin olive oil

MANI olive oil with orange

MANI olive oil with lemon

Traditional Greek Christmas Biscuits

  • INGREDIENTS for the dough:
  • 1 glass of MANI extra virgin olive oil or MANI extra virgin olive oil with orange or lemon
  • ½ glass of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ½ glass of cognac
  • 1 tsp. of orange zest
  • 1 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 kg flour
  • finely chopped walnuts and some cinnamon for garnishing
  • INGREDIENTS for the syrup:
  • 1 glass of honey
  • 2 glasses of sugar
  • 2 glasses of water
  • 1 tsp. of lemon zest


PREPARATION of the dough:
Preheat the oven to 170 degrees.
Mix all the ingredients (except the flour) together with an electric or wire whisk for about 5 minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add some flour, just enough to make a soft pliable dough. Cover and leave to rest for about 45 minutes.
Mould the dough into small flattish sausage shapes and bake in the pre-heated oven at 170 degrees for about 15 - 20 minutes until the colour of the Melomakarona gets light brown.
PREPARATION of the syrup:
Heat the syrup ingredients in a saucepan until dissolved, stirring occasionally.
Dunk the Melomakarona in the syrup, place on a plate and sprinkle with a mixture of
chopped walnuts and cinnamon.

Mani Tip:

Melomakarona are very popular pastry in Greece especially at Christmas time. The use of extra virgin olive oil gives these biscuits a very peculiar, distinctive touch.

These are the Mani Bläuel products you need for the recipe:

  • MANI extra virgin olive oil
  • MANI olive oil with orange
  • MANI olive oil with lemon

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