Galaktoboureko, (pr. ga-lahk-to-BOO-reh-koh), also written Galaktomboureko or Galatoboureko, is possibly the king of sweets for many in Greece and the one I prefer the most. A fabulous semolina cream, rich and consistent, lies in the middle, between thin layers of crispy phyllo which are bathed in syrup.
Sweets in Syrup
Halvas – Χαλβάς (plural Halvades) is one of our favourite Lenten desserts, which is made on the stove top with olive oil and semolina and then drenched in syrup.
Halvas (plural halvades) is a Greek semolina pudding, variations of which are found in many cultures.
Roxakia are Greek vegan, bicoloured, yeasted dough cookies, which after being baked are drenched in syrup. The original recipe is not vegan as it requires eggs and milk in the dough. I have made my own Lenten version with no milk and no eggs and they were even better than the original ones.
Lemon curd is a dessert spread and topping like a velvety custard, usually made with citrus fruit, zest and juice of lemons or even limes, oranges or tangerines, butter, eggs, corn flour (starch) and sugar. It can be eaten as it is, or served as a spread on bread or biscuits or as a filling for pies, tarts or cakes.
Daktyla, also called daktyla kyrion (meaning ladies fingers) is the most popular Cypriot dessert made with phyllo which is very crisp and very juicy, filled with almonds, cinnamon and sugar. They are fried and then drenched in syrup, scented with anthonero (orange blossom water), which make them irresistible.
Ravani or revani is one of those traditional Greek desserts our mums used to make. The classic recipe of Ravani is made with semolina and yoghurt and then drenched in syrup. A similar recipe is made by other cultures as well and we find it under the names Basbousa, Basbuusa, nammoura, shamali etc.
Samousades is the Spartan version of baklavas and is made in a similar way we make “Tsipopita” in Cyprus, the only difference is that they are rolled into a thicker roll and whereas Tsipopita is always made with almonds, in samousades you can also add walnuts, pistachio etc, and more spices.
Baklavas is one of the most famous Greek desserts. It is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of phyllo layers, filled with chopped nuts, drenched with syrup.
Loukoumades or Lokmades, as they are called in Cyprus, are Greek doughnuts. They take their name from the Arabic words “luqma(t) plural luqūm”, lokma and lokum or loukoumi, meaning morsel or mouthful. They are fried, shaped into small round ballls, served with honey, cinnamon and walnuts or plain in Cyprus dipped in sugar syrup.