If you have a sweet tooth but you're trying to stay away from unhealthy desserts laden with thick creams and excessively sweet frosting or icing, then you will surely enjoy Mediterranean desserts.
Most Mediterranean desserts are generous on healthy nuts, just like this baklava recipe from Hilah Cooking. People fond of cinnamon buns would appreciate this lighter and more tart version, made with phyllo dough instead of bread. Made with walnuts, almonds and pistachios, and flavored with cinnamon, orange rind, lemon zest and honey, this dessert hits the spot.
Baklava from Hilah Cooking
½ pound walnuts, almonds or pistachios, or a combination
6 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon lemon zest
½ pound phyllo dough, thawed
½ cup (1/4 pound) melted butter
1 cup water
6 tablespoons sugar (1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons)
1 T lemon juice
2" strip lemon rind or orange rind
6 tablespoons honey
Just as scrumptious is this Greek yogurt dessert from Little Cooking Tips. Foodies who are fond of sundaes will surely enjoy this light Mediterranean treat - Greek Yogurt with honey and nuts.
Greek Yogurt With Honey And Walnuts from Little Cooking Tips
200g / 7oz Greek yogurt
30ml (2 tablespoons) thyme or wildflower honey
2 tablespoons crumbled walnuts
This dessert can be made even more flavorful by adding dried fruits like raisins, chopped dates, and dried figs or apricots. The walnuts can also be replaced or combined with pistachios and almonds.
Most Easter cookies around the world are usually adorned with colorful royal icing - often too sweet and too calorific for some. These Greek Easter cookies don't need additional sugar and vibrant food color to be special. S-shaped or spiral-shpaed Koulourakias are light and simple - perfect with a warm cup of cinnamon tea.
Koulourakia (Greek Easter Cookies) from Mediterranean Baby
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
5 cups all purpose flour
3 tsp. baking powder
3 egg whites
TIP: Line your baking sheet with a silicone mat to make it easier to take off the cookies after baking.
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