I discovered these at a distant relative (I think?)’s Big Fat Greek Wedding. Or rather, at the pre-wedding, mother-of-the-bride-hosted Big Fat Greek Feast. It’s probably bad karma or bad superstition to make these for normal occasions, but I do it frequently and so far I haven’t been struck by lightning or anything. They’re pretty, subtly flavoured, quick to make and easy to transport. They’re not knock-your-socks-off amazing, but it’s a good recipe to have on hand for when you want to be polite and bring something along, but not break the bank or stay up all night slaving in the kitchen. The rose flavour tends to get people talking, too. Just.. y’know… don’t put Windex on them.
Make a meal of it:
3 cups almond meal
1/2 cup caster sugar
3/4 cup semolina
3tsp or so rose syrup (rose water or rose flavouring will also do)
3 egg whites
Cloves and icing sugar
1. Whisk the egg whites till frothy, but not peaking.
2. Add all the ingredients together (minus cloves and icing sugar), mix well. You should have a sweet, sticky ball of dough.
3. Grab tablespoon sized chunks and shape them into ‘pears’, pushing a whole clove in the top to form the stem.
4. Bake for 15-20minsuntil crisp, but not burning on the top. They’ll still be a bit soft on the inside, but shouldn’t be gooey.
5. Dust with icing sugar while warm and presto!
Note: I store these in the fridge just to be on the safe side.