Traditional Greek Christmas Sweets and Desserts: kourabiedes, Melomakarona , Diples, Baklava & Christopsomo

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: Greek Christmas cookies, buttery and crumbly and dusted with icing sugar.They remind me a bit, of shortbread, but, softer.

Kourabiedes Photo My Greek Dish
Photo My Greek Dish

See the recipe for kourabiedes on the wonderful Greek cooking site, My Greek Dish:

Easiest Homemade Kourabiedes recipe (Greek Christmas Butter Cookies)

Melomakarona: Moist and Spicy with a taste of honey, Greek Christmas cookies

Melomakarona Photo My Greek Dish
Photo My Greek Dish

Melomakarona, are moist, spicy, full of honey and covered with chopped walnuts, never missing from any Greek Christmas table.

See recipe for  delicious, moist, melomakarona  from the Greek cooking site My Greek Dish:

Diples: Deep-fried thin strips of dough, sprinkled with chopped nuts and drizzled with honey.

Diples Photo My Greek Dish
Photo My Greek Dish

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

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

Baklava Photo My Greek Dish
Photo My Greek Dish

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.

Christopsomo-Christ's bread Photo Kopiaste
Christopsomo-Christ's bread
Photo Kopiaste
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 from fabulous Greek cooking site "Kopiaste"   below:

Christopsomo – Christ’s Bread

Happy eating, and, if you make the christopsomo:

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