Finikia - honey biscuits

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    1 hour 10 minutes

    Delicious Greek pastries...probably one of my favorites because of the orange and cinnamon combination. Worth the time they take!


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 30 

    • 125g butter, softened
    • 110g caster sugar
    • Finely grated rind of one orange
    • 125ml vegetable oil
    • 2½ cups (375g) plain flour
    • 1½ cups semolina
    • 4 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) orange juice
    • for the syrup
    • 1 cup (250ml) water
    • 1 cup (220g) white sugar
    • 1/2 cup (155g) honey
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
    • 1/2 cup (60g) finely chopped walnuts

    Directions
    Preparation:45min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:1hour10min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease baking trays.
    2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, caster sugar and orange rind. Gradually mix in the oil and beat until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, semolina, baking powder, cinnamon and cloves; beat into the fluffy mixture alternately with the orange juice.
    3. As the mixture thickens, turn out onto a floured board and knead to a firm dough. Pinch off tablespoonfuls of dough and form them into balls or ovals. Place the biscuits 5cm apart onto the prepared baking trays.
    4. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Cool on trays until room temperature.
    5. To make the syrup: In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, combine the water, white sugar, honey, cinnamon stick and lemon juice. Bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick. While the mixture is boiling hot, dip the biscuits in with tongs - one at a time, making sure to cover them completely.
    6. Place them on a wire rack to dry and sprinkle with walnuts. Place paper under the rack to catch the drips. Keep finished biscuits in a sealed container at room temperature.
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    Excellent recipe. Please be aware that Finikia are not meant to be crunchy cookies. The cookies are best when they absorb every bit of the flavorful syrup. TIP: Top warm cookies with COOL syrup OR Top cool cookies with WARM syrup The best way to finish these is to place cookies into a large baking pan-just large enough to fit all of the ccookies. The pan should have sides. I use a 13 x 9" pan. Place the cookies in the pan, pour syrup over all and allow them to absorb. Syrup should come 1/3 up the side of the pan. (The same rule applies when making Baklava) It will take at least 1 hour to absorb. Store them in this pan covered with foil, then gently remove to serve. This will keep them very moist! Opa!  -  27 Nov 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)

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    30

    Fabulous recipe (although I think I've seen it elsewhere on the web, too). Finikia is an awesome cookie with a soft texture made interesting by the semolina flour. I'm so glad I can make them at home, since I don't have access to a lot of Greek bakeries. Just make sure you don't boil the syrup too long or you'll end up with a candy coating on the cookies. Fresh-squeezed orang juice greatly improves the cookie's flavor, too.  -  09 Jul 2001  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)

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    23

    Very good recipie. Tastes just like my mothers. Make sure your syrup isnt TOO hot otherwide the cookies tend to fall apart, and instead of just dunking them in and pulling them right out, my mom always let them simmer for maybe 2-3 seconds....also the cookies are much better after they sit for a day or so and the moisture from the syrup penetrates evenly. The person that said they are dry probably ate them right away.  -  12 Dec 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)

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