Kourabies – Greek shortbread anise cookies
Anise is distinguished, sweet and very aromatic. It is ideal as an after lunch or after dinner dessert. The ultimate “summer” treats.
It is most likely that the word “kourabies” [kuru for dry and biye for biscuit] originates from Turkey and made its way into the Greek language during the period of the Ottoman rule.
“Kourabies” is a Greek treat that has always sweetened and adorned every festive occasion, taking up a special place at the Christmas table. As a symbol of Greek hospitality, it is also customary to welcome guests into your home by offering them a “kourabies”.
Ιn the past, women would often take part in a silent, unspoken competition in an effort to present the tastiest recipe. This explains the countless number of different versions that can be found today.
Petit Grecs have followed a family recipe based on the most famous and widespread one, that of Kavala in north-eastern Greece.
Kavala’s unique character and spectacular location, built amphitheatrically on the slopes of the Symvolo mountain range, make it one of the most picturesque cities in the country, and a bustling harbour that unites the East with the West, Europe with Asia.
Its cultural and gastronomic identity has always been highly praised. The region’s fascinating and diverse cuisine has been enriched with elements introduced by Greeks arriving in the area from Pontus (the Black Sea), Asia Minor and Cappadocia.
Ιngredients: Wheat flour (contains gluten), butter (contains milk), pistachios 14%, castor sugar, baking powder [corn starch, sodium bicarbonate, trisodium diphosphate], anise seeds.
May contain traces of allergens such as: eggs, peanuts, walnuts, almonds, cashews and sesame.