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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 17 August 2019
10 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 17 AUGUST 2019 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Dora KOULOURAKIA RECIPE INGREDIENTS: 1 cup of olive oil 1 ½ cups sugar 2 cups of water that you have previously boiled with 2 sticks of cinnamon and allowed to cool and removed the sticks 2 tablespoons of cinnamon 4 tablespoons ouzo or raki 1 ½ tablespoons baking powder Family easter with Dora and her grandchildren, Neos Kosmos founder Takis Gogos in the background. Remembering Dora through her recipes Dora Kitinas Gogos passed away, aged 74, on 10 August. A long-time writer of Neos Kosmos, she was heavily involved in its creation thanks to her marriage with Takis Gogos. Anyone who knew her speaks of a woman who loved culture and the arts, as well as Greek cuisine. We will always remember her through her recipes and cookbook. We republish an article she wrote on 20 February 2012, where she shares her love of cuisine. involved in someone's kitchen since I was a small child, as a young woman and as an older woman there was my mother-inlaw who I believe was the cook to beat all cooks. I have learned a lot from these people and I am still learning, as I have been all my life a "learn" junkie M y love for food has stemmed from always being Dora enjoyed cooking with Antigone and Elektra. and not only about food. My own students in the kitchen are my two small grand-daughters, Antigone and Elektra (six and four at the time this article was published). I do have rules though when it comes to including young children in the kitchen, I never allow them in when I have hot plates on with saucepans and frying pans, there is danger of accidents, boiling saucepans and frying pans tipping over or even the children climbing up to look. The time to include small children in the kitchen is when there is cake making or cookies being made. Antigone, Elektra and I make koulouria together and I give them their share of dough to make their own shapes, they also help me in mixing cakes and they get to lick the beaters and scrape the bowl from the left over mix, something I still love doing myself. This is a recipe for koulouria that your children 1 kilo of plain flour sesame seeds for sprinkling NOTE: The original recipe gives no measurement for the flour but states as in all home Greek recipes “as much as it needs” όσο σηκώσει όσο σηκώσει. In my trials it is about one kilo. Also make sure that you sift the baking powder with the flour prior to adding. NOTE: The tablespoon measurements must be a level tabelspoon METHOD: Heat oven 180C NOTE: Never beat the flour with beaters, it makes the mixture tough as the gluten is overworked. 1. Beat the oil with the sugar. 2. Add cinnamon, ouzo, and the cinnamon juice and mix. 3. Add the flour and mix with your hands in a big bowel. 4. Cover with a tea towel and allow the dough to rest for about half an hour. 5. Make the koulouria, lie out on biscuit trays and bake for 20 minutes. * This is where it can be fun with the children watching them make their own shapes.
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