Koulourakia: Cypriot Easter Cookies

Koulourakia: Cypriot Easter Cookies
These Easter Cookies are traditional Cypriot Easter buns, which although Lenten are traditionally made on Good Friday.
They are flavored with oriental spices but also with Chios mastic and their aromas resemble those of Easter Tsoureki. They are ideally suited to our coffee and we certainly have more than one.
Daktylies is a type of long shaped-bread, which is separated into smaller parallel pieces, in order to be cut off easier and evenly. The ingredients used for daktylies are flour, leaven, water, sesame seeds and aniseed. Many housewives in the countryside continue the tradition and bake daktylies for the needs of the family.

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Koulourakia: Cypriot Easter Cookies Koulourakia: Cypriot Easter Cookies

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Υλικά (50-60 Koulourakia)

  • 1kg (2.2 lbs) flour for all-purpose
  • 9g (0.32oz) dry yeast
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground Chios mastic
  • 1 tsp machlepi
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 100g (3.5oz) vegetable oil, corn oil
  • 600g (1.3lbs) lukewarm water
  • 200g (7.1oz) sugar
  • 150g (5.3oz) sesame seeds not peeled
  • 1 tbsp anise
Put the sesame in a colander and rinse it under running water. Let it drain and spread it on a tray, pour the anise and stir. We leave it aside for when you need it.
Pour all the ingredients in the mixer bin. Keep some of the water to use it if the dough will need it.
Knead a soft dough that does not stick to the hands. If necessary add a tablespoon of flour.
Divide the dough into 5 pieces and rolled into rolls 25-28cm (9.8-11 in).
Wrap the roll in sesame to stick well.
Cut the roll into oblique slices ~1.5cm (~0.6 in) thick. Assemble the roll again, leaving the edges as they are and sticking together the next pieces, turning the opposite.
Place them on a large baking sheet. Cover with a towel and a blanket and let it inflate for 1½-2 hours.
Preheat the oven with air at 190℃ (374℉, Gas Mark:5) and bake until golden brown ~30'.
Take them out of the oven and let them become lukewarm so you can separate them with the hands on their joints. If you want put them back in the oven for 10' to become slightly crisp.

Koulourakia: Cypriot Easter Cookies Koulourakia: Cypriot Easter Cookies Koulourakia: Cypriot Easter Cookies Koulourakia: Cypriot Easter Cookies

Author Zambia G. Sifaki