The only difference is that they are rolled into a thicker roll and whereas Tsipopita and Daktyla are always made with almonds, in samousades you add sesame seeds and other nuts, such as walnuts, pistachio etc, and more spices.
Samousades, which date back to the Byzantine period, are traditionally made with hand made phyllo and are fried.
The following day they bathed in a honey syrup and set aside until they absorb the syrup.
Its name is derived from the word sesamum, se-samum, anagrammatized to samu(m)-se, samusas, because of the sesame used in the filling and on top of the dessert.
When making samousades with the store bought phyllo it is better to bake them.
- 500 grams of phyllo (12 sheets)
- 250 grams of butter
- 2 cups of walnuts
- 1/2 cup of pecans
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- 5 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon powdered cloves
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- Sesame seeds to sprinkle on top (optional)
For the Syrup
- 250 grams of honey
- 200 grams of sugar
- 3 cups of water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4-5 cloves
- Orange peel
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- Chop the walnuts, almonds and pecans, and add sugar, cinnamon and cloves.
- On low temperature, (or in the microwave) heat the butter until it melts an then clarify it.
- On your working surface spread the phyllo sheet and brush with butter. Continue the same procedure with 4 phyllos and then spread one third of the filling on the whole surface of the sheets and roll the smaller side into a cylinder.
- Repeat with the other phyllos and place in a buttered tin. Brush samousades with butter and wet your hands and sprinkle a few drops of water on top. With a sharp knife cut into about two inch pieces.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 180C until golden brown.
- Prepare the syrup. Put all ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. Remove froth and simmer for five minutes. Discard orange peel, cinnamon stick and cloves. Add lemon juice and turn off the heat.
- When it is still hot with a spoon add syrup on top.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300 Total Fat: 22g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 13g Cholesterol: 27mg Sodium: 102mg Carbohydrates: 26g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 22g Protein: 3g
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