Added by Despina33 | Wed 28 Jan 2009 @ 12:03
6 cups of self rising flour
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of orange juice
2 cups of olive oil
1 tsp each of cinnamon and ground cloves
1 Ĺ teaspoon of soda
Ĺ cup of brandy
2 teaspoons of baking powder
For the Syrup:
2 cups of sugar
2 cups of honey
3 cups of water
For sprinkling on top
coarsley chopped walnuts
I have tried many recipes and this one is spot on. You may need more flour according to the weather- if very humid, more will be needed
Beat the olive oil well and add sugar and beat as well. Dissolve the soda in the orange juice together with the brandy and add to the mixture.
Mix cinnamon and cloves with the flour and the baking powder, and add to fluid mixture a little at a time. If you have a grinder, grind the cloves and cinnamon yourselves and you will get extra aroma. Add the orange zest and knead until a soft, fluffy dough is made. The mixture must have an oily consistency.
Take a small piece of the mixture, about the size of a big walnut, and give it an oval shape about 1 cm thick. To make a pattern on top we usually press the grater and little patterns appear.
Place in an oiled tin and bake in a preheated oven (180ο C) for about thirty minutes or until the bottom side is golden brown.
In the meantime prepare the syrup by placing in a pan the sugar, water, honey and orange peel.
Bring to boiling point skimming if needed. Remove from heat but preserve the syrup warm. Before the cookies cool down, dip them in the syrup for a few seconds and then with a slotted ladle remove into a platter. Finally pound the walnuts and sprinkle on top of the cookie