In ancient Greece, honey was one of the most common sweeteners, along with figs and sweet grape-based products. To get a taste of ancient Greece, here are three traditional sweet recipes that reflect the value and taste of Greek thyme honey.
Honey Oranges (Portokalia me meli)
1 large or 2 medium size oranges
2 to 3 drops of Greek thyme honey
Optional: cinnamon (ground)
Peel the oranges, break into pieces (or slice).
Arrange on a serving dish, and drizzle with honey.
Optionally, add a light sprinkle of ground cinnamon.
Sesame Honey Candy (Pasteli)
1 1/3 cups of Greek thyme honey
3 cups of white sesame seeds
1 strip of peeled lemon
In a saucepan, place the honey and lemon peel and bring them to a boil.
Add the sesame seeds and stir continuously until the content is thoroughly mixed and cooked.
When the seeds are mixed in and the mixture has boiled, remove the saucepan from heat.
Remove the lemon peel and discard it.
Place a piece of baking parchment paper on a cool surface and spread out the hot mixture thinly and evenly (about 6mm high).
When the pasteli reaches a room temperature, places it into the refrigerator on the parchment paper. Let it chill for 2 to 3 hours.
Cut the pasteli into small pieces and serve.
Peel off the parchment paper and enjoy! If you need to, you can store the pasteli in the refrigerator.
Honey Fritters (Tiganites me meli)
225 ml water
2 tablespoons of Greek thyme honey
Extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon cooked sesame seeds (optional)
1 tablespoon cinnamon (ground) (optional)
Mix the flour, water and honey to create a dough.
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a frying pan and pour ¼ of the mixture in.
When the fritter is formed and cooked, turn it upside down so that it fries from both sides. Repeat 2-3 times if needed.
Repeat steps 1-3 to cook the rest of the fritters.
When the fritters are ready, place them in a plate covered by a piece of kitchen roll and let them drain from the oil.
Remove the kitchen roll, pour over the remaining honey and dredge with sesame seeds and cinnamon if you wish.
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