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Koulouraki

Koulourakia: Traditional Greek pastries, buttery, hand-shaped, with a sweet vanilla flavor, sesame seeds, and a history dating back to the Minoans.

close-up of Greek ‘koulouraki’ sweets

Koulouraki (plural: koulourakia) are a traditional Greek dessert. They are butter or oil-based pastry, traditionally hand-shaped, with egg glaze on top. They have a sweet delicate flavor with a hint of vanilla. Koulourakia are well-known for their sprinkle of sesame seeds and distinctive ring shape. In fact, the word is the diminutive form for a ring-shaped loaf or lifebelt.

Koulourakia have been prepared since at least the time of the Minoan civilization. The Minoans sometimes prepared the pastries like small snakes, because they worshiped the snake for its healing power.

Photo: tastycooking.gr

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