Phoenician Honey Cakes

These are little cakes dipped in honey, usually served at Christmas in Greece. They are said to have been introduced into that country by the Phoenicians. Stored in an airtight container, Phoenician Honey Cakes will keep for several days and their flavour improves with keeping.

12 CAKES

1 teaspoon butter

1 lb. flour

1 oz. sugar

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon grated rind and juice of

½ lemon

1 teaspoon ground allspice

8 fl. oz. olive oil juice of

1 large orange

2 tablespoons brandy

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 ½ oz. clear honey

5 fl. oz. water juice of v lemon

Preheat the oven to fairly hot 400 F (Gas Mark 6, 200 C).

Grease a large baking sheet with the butter and set it aside.

Honey syrup soaked little cakes from Greece, Phoenician Honey Cakes are flavoured with allspice, sesame seeds, cinnamon, orange and brandy.

Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl. Add the sugar, cinnamon, lemon rind and allspice. Set aside.

In a medium-sized saucepan, heat the oil over moderate heat until it is just warm. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the orange juice, lemon juice and brandy.

Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in the oil mixture, a little at a time. Using a spatula or your hands, mix the liquid into the flour mix-ture until all the liquid is absorbed and the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl. Knead the dough lightly.

Divide the dough into egg-sized balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the oven and cook the cakes for 25 to 30 minutes or until they are golden brown.

Meanwhile, prepare the syrup. In a medium-sized saucepan, bring the honey, water and lemon juice to the boil over moderate heat. Reduce the heat to low and boil the syrup for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Using a spoon, remove half of the cakes and drop them into the syrup. Return the pan to the heat. Simmer for 2 minutes. With a slotted spoon, lift out the cakes and place them on aluminium foil or greaseproof or waxed paper. Repeat this process with the remaining cakes. Remove the pan from the heat.

Sprinkle the cakes with sesame seeds and cinnamon and allow them to cool completely before serving.

Phosphorus

Phosphorus is an important mineral which, when combined with CALCIUM, helps protect and develop bones and teeth.

Phosphorus is found in many foods such as cheese, oatmeal, liver and eggs.

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