Ancient Greek dessert recipes: I love the autumn. The colors, the smells… The peaceful and somewhat tired impression of Mother Nature’s final preparations to go to rest for the winter.
And not least of all, the nuts, the late vegetables and the harvest from forests full of golden leaves. Chestnuts, walnuts, aromatic herbs. The fruits that people have collected since ancient times…
I was thinking about what to cook with the abundance of the fruits and vegetables I had the privilege to pick from the big garden of a house we rent here in northern Greece; lemons, eggplant, tomatoes, green pepper, rosemary, mint, pomegranate, when I got totally bombarded with walnuts falling on my head.
OK. Got it- something with walnuts…
Walnuts belong to the group of foods called super foods. They’re packed with nutrients, good fat – and are just plain tasty. The nuts are also useful for all kinds of dishes, both sweet and savory, and can be stored (in its shell) for ages in a cool place like the fridge.
Walnuts are perfect for vegetarians since they are so versatile and nutritious. Here are two easy dessert recipes where you can use the bounty of Mother Earth delectably: Enjoy!
For the simplest (very Greek!) dessert, you only need:
In a dessert bowl put a few spoonfuls of yoghurt, sprinkle with walnuts – roasted or raw- and drizzle honey on top. Enjoy! This is an ancient Greek treat, said to be an aphrodisiac as well! (But the Greeks say that about almost anything…hrrmm.)
Another commonly served dessert in Greece is a simple fruit salad. Slices of oranges and apples are served on a plate drizzled with raw honey and sprinkled with a little cinnamon. Fresh, simple and very Greek indeed!
You could of course use other fruits like bananas or pears, but this is the most common.