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December 21, 2016
An Assortment of Christmas Sweets and Desserts!

Goodmorning!

Christmas, New Year’s, the first celebration of the year…

These days are very special and all of us have a lot of expectations during the holidays… We feel that if we don’t create the perfect dinner table, get the perfect gift, wear the perfect clothes we won’t get a hold of that fleeting Christmas spirit…

With all the hustle and bustle we seem to forget that the true spirit of Christmas is love.. and it doesn’t need much more to be perfect. No gourmet dishes or flashy gifts…

Apart from love, holidays need a little time… spending quality time with your loved ones… Well if you throw in a couple of sweets in the mix… even better! A really wonderful idea is to make these holiday sweets for the ones you love… WITH the ones you love!

In this diary, I’d like to talk to you about holiday sweets and desserts.

Let’s take a look at how to prepare all sorts of goodies for all of your family, friends and guests.

Starting with the more traditional holiday sweets:

Kourabiedes – Almond Snow Balls

I have the most delicious recipe for almond cookies that look like snow balls! They are as fluffy, crumbly and crunchy as you can imagine…

Find the recipe here… 

Melomakarona – Aki’s Greek Christmas Honey Cookies!! 

The perfect recipe… quick, easy and scrumptious…

Aki’s Greek Christmas Honey Cookies- Melomakarona by Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Gingerbread Houses

Gingerbread Houses by Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Happy New Year Cakes!! You simply can't have New Year without a good luck Happy New Year Cake!! 

I have 2 different versions for you! 

A Panetonne Greek Style..

Panetonne Greek Style by Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

and a Happy New Year Cake:

Happy New Year Cake by Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

In some areas of Greece the traditional New Year cake is more of a savory pie.. especially in Macedonia that is usually a Greek chicken pie or a Ground pork pie. Try them!

Apart from the traditional sweets I have some amazing cakes that will really make an impression on your guests and your taste buds! 

Christmas Cake with Chocolate Trees

Christmas Cake with Chocolate Trees by Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Ginger Chestnut Mont Blanc

Ginger Chestnut Mont Blanc by Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

A sensational and light Mocha Meringue Roulade.. with a hint of coffee...

Mocha Meringue Roulade by Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

A sensational Chocolate Meringue Tart

Chocolate Meringue Tart by Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

a super delicious Cheesecake with Raspberries

Cheesecake with Raspberries by Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Another great idea are individual sweets... that are quite unique!

Milk Chocolate Eclairs with Ginger

Red Velvet Cupcakes the best thing for a children's party for everyone! 

And you can’t forget to put out some cookies for Santa!! What could be a better treat than these Butter Cookies with Hazelnut Chocolate Praline Filling!!! He will be carrying so many presents, wouldn’t it be nice for him to find these freshly baked, homemade cookies next to his glass of milk? Oh! and don’t forget to leave a carrot or two for Rudolph!!!

Butter Cookies with Hazelnut Chocolate Praline Filling by Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

That's all! I think I've got you covered! Even though i have many, many more great savory and sweet recipes for the holidays here!

I hope you enjoy all of them!

Happy Holidays to each and every one of you!! All the best!

 

Akis

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