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Greek Christmas Traditions: Sweets, kourabiedes, Melomakarona & More.

Traditional Greek Christmas desserts
Traditional Greek Christmas desserts

Christmas in Greece, as anywhere else in the world, involves large quantities of food.

In any Greek home, over the Christmas season, kourabides, melomakarona and dipples, can be found, piled high on plates, ready to be offered to any visitor that might drop by.

Maybe I should say, forced on, rather than offered!

Greek people are so hospitable, they love to look after you: and, to feed you!

It is very difficult to refuse food , offered to you , by a Greek.

They just will not take no for an answer!

I must have eaten hundreds of  kourabiedes and melomakarona, the main Greek Christmas sweets, over my many Christmas's in Greece.

Luckily, I like them both, they are delicious.

Here are some recipes for these Greek Christmas treats, have a go!

I'm ashamed to say, that, I haven't tried making any of these, every Christmas, we are absolutely awash with  these sweets, given to us by MGG's (My Greek God) large family, friends and neighbours.

Looking at the recipes, they don't seem to be difficult, well, except for the baklava, but, that may be more time-consuming , rather than difficult.


Kourabiedes, are buttery and crumbly and dusted with icing sugar.

They remind me a bit, of shortbread, but, softer.

See the recipe for kourabiedes  HERE


Melomakarona, are moist, spicy, full of honey and covered with chopped walnuts.

See the recipe for melomakarona  HERE


Diples, are a typical dessert in the Peloponnese, they are made from thin sheets of dough, folded (hence the name "diples" ,which in Greek means, folded) and deep fried.

They are sprinkled with chopped nuts, and, warm honey is drizzled over them

See the recipe for diples HERE


Baklava, is a mixture of chopped nuts, honey and spices, spread between layers of crisp filo pastry and soaked in a lemony syrup.

See recipe for baklava HERE


Christopsomo, Christ's bread, is bread made with a sweet dough, and decorated with the sign of the cross, or  X, the Greek sign for Christ, hence; Xmas.

There are many different customs for christopsomo, some families, decorate it with family initials, or with symbols of family professions.

Some families, leave pieces of it on the table, when going to bed, believing that Christ, will come and eat it.

Another custom, is, the father or head of the family, holds the whole loaf, above his head, and breaks it in half with his hands.

He then inspects it, if the piece in his right hand, is the largest, the coming year will be full of luck, health and happiness for the family.

If the larger piece is in the left hand, well, things don't look so rosy for them!

See the recipe for christopsomo HERE

Happy eating, and, if you make the christopsomo:

1 comment:

  1. All cakes are great, hopefully I can be eating them in the upcoming Christmas


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