Greece -The Cookbook by Vefa Alexiadou

Greece: The Cookbook by Vefa Alexiadou is a reissue of the popular author's Vefa's Kitchen. Vefa is one of the leading authorities when it comes to Greek cuisine. A bestselling author of thirteen cookbooks she also had her own television series, regularly wrote articles for magazines and gave lectures and demonstrations on recipes. She is the Julia Child of Greek cookery.

Over 650 recipes are shared in this epic collection with beautiful color photographs scattered throughout. Examples of the wealth of recipes that can be found in Greece include versions of Sweet Pastries (forget chocolate for me - anything with phyllo dough has me surrending to its cripsy buttery deliciousness), Moussaka, Pork Stew with Leeks from Macedonia, and a Stuffed Pasta Dish from Asia Minor that I cannot wait to serve and impress everyone that gathers around my table - truly a work of art. 

If you wish to order this title, please remember Eat Your Book members receive 30% off Phaidon titles when using the link provided. Surprise, surprise - I chose a wonderful sweet pastry to share with members today. Thanks to Phaidon for allowing us to publish this recipe. Be sure to head over to our contest page to enter our giveaway open to members in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. 

ALMOND PASTRY TRIANGLES FROM CHIOS

Preparation time: 30 minutes 
Cooking Time: 15-20 Minutes
Makes: 25-30 triangles
INGREDIENTS
 
• 5 tablespoons melted clarified butter
• 3 cups (375 g / 13 oz) finely ground almonds
• generous 1 cup (225 g / 8 oz) superfine (caster) sugar
• ¼ teaspoon ground mastic
• 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 2 teaspoons orange flower water
• 1 egg plus 1 yolk, lightly beaten
• 9 oz (250 g) ready-made phyllo (filo)
• confectioners' (icing) sugar, for dusting
 
INSTRUCTIONS
 
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C / Gas Mark 4) and brush a baking pan with melted butter. Combine the ground almonds, sugar, and mastic in a bowl. Add the lemon juice, orange flower water, and beaten eggs and fold in to make a loose but not runny batter, adding more orange flower water, if necessary. Spread out the phyllo sheets and cut into 2-inch (5-cm) wide strips. Brush each strip with melted butter. Put 1 tablespoon of the filling at 1 end of each strip, lift the bottom corner over to the side and continue to fold into small triangles. Put the triangles side by side into the prepared pan, brushing each with melted butter. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden. Dust with confectioners' sugar and let cool.
 
Adapted from Greece - The Cookbook by Vefa Alexiadou  (Phaidon, $49.95 US/$59.95 CAN, March 2017)

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36 Comments

  • Kristjudy  on  5/4/2017 at 10:03 AM

    Opa!!!! Shrimp saganaki

  • sabrina7  on  5/4/2017 at 12:33 PM

    Baklava

  • Titch  on  5/4/2017 at 1:31 PM

    I don't cook Greek food but would love to learn some recipes :) x

  • RNJessicaK  on  5/4/2017 at 1:39 PM

    Tangerine Bon Bons

  • lgroom  on  5/4/2017 at 2:09 PM

    Hard to say -- baklava, I guess.

  • Mivas  on  5/4/2017 at 3:24 PM

    Baked giant beans (Gigantes plaki) (page 69)

  • j_h  on  5/4/2017 at 5:46 PM

    Keen to take a look at this - I've got a few Phaidon bibles, and not a lot of greek food in my collection.

  • thecharlah  on  5/4/2017 at 7:25 PM

    It's a cliche I know, but I can't eat enough gyros.

  • jezpurr  on  5/4/2017 at 11:55 PM

    I love gyros and lots of stuff!!!^_^

  • FireRunner2379  on  5/5/2017 at 4:56 AM

    I'm a big fan of lamb gyros and love Tzatziki sauce! Also, can't go wrong with Baklava!

  • Lem9579  on  5/5/2017 at 7:08 AM

    I'd make the Vegetable Moussaka first.

  • Lem9579  on  5/5/2017 at 7:11 AM

    My favorite Greek dish is moussaka. With or without meat.

  • jifar  on  5/5/2017 at 10:34 AM

    The recipe I would like to try is Saint Fanourios cake (Fanouropita)

  • Siegal  on  5/5/2017 at 11:05 AM

    I love stuffed peppers

  • lebarron2001  on  5/5/2017 at 3:58 PM

    Lamb Gyros w/ tzatziki and baklava

  • RSW  on  5/5/2017 at 4:05 PM

    Baklava

  • sgump  on  5/5/2017 at 5:04 PM

    So, it's not really a "recipe" (although there's a version in this book), but I simply adore a good Greek salad in the summertime, with the freshest of garden vegetables (and, of course, lovely olives, cheese, and olive oil).

  • kitchenclimbers  on  5/5/2017 at 5:38 PM

    my fav is spanakopita

  • tinaellen  on  5/5/2017 at 9:41 PM

    I'm so crazy about desserts with almonds!

  • trudys_person  on  5/7/2017 at 1:57 PM

    I love avegolemono (SP?) soup, simply prepared seafood, wedding shortbreads with clove, pastitsio, sticky desserts, and just about every Greek dish I've ever tried!

  • bstewart  on  5/8/2017 at 12:45 AM

    Yum, the almond triangles look super!

  • bstewart  on  5/8/2017 at 12:45 AM

    Yum, the almond triangles look super!

  • t.t  on  5/13/2017 at 12:28 AM

    Tzatziki

  • JenJoLa  on  5/13/2017 at 5:58 AM

    My favorite Greek recipe is usually spanakopita.

  • hpadvantag  on  5/13/2017 at 3:40 PM

    The almond triangles look divine! Can not wait to try them.....

  • Purplepeepers  on  5/14/2017 at 10:24 AM

    moussaka

  • tarae1204  on  5/15/2017 at 9:31 PM

    So many favorites -- moussaka, skordalia, anything with fish.

  • AnnaZed  on  5/17/2017 at 2:18 AM

    I adore spanakopita (I would like to know how to make it).

  • Maefleur  on  5/19/2017 at 4:54 PM

    Yes! The almond triangles look lovely!

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  5/25/2017 at 12:34 PM

    My favourite Greek recipe is for baklava that I got from a coworker.

  • zorra  on  5/25/2017 at 10:25 PM

    While the size of this tome is intimidating, the photos are so enticing

  • PennyG  on  5/26/2017 at 4:32 PM

    Avgolemono!

  • RSW  on  5/30/2017 at 11:13 AM

    Mousakka

  • TrishaCP  on  6/6/2017 at 8:32 AM

    Saganaki with a bit of honey on top.

  • CosmicKaye  on  6/7/2017 at 4:05 PM

    I love Moussaka.

  • FrenchCreekBaker  on  6/7/2017 at 5:33 PM

    I have to say that out-door, pit roasted, Greek lamb is a favorite recipe. Moussaka, kadaffi, rice pudding, I love so many Greek recipes. This book is a treasure trove of my favorites.

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