Greek Grape “Spoon Sweet”

Give me a fruit, any fruit, and I’ll show you how Greeks turn it into dessert.

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Pomegranate Jam

There are few things from the kitchen as pretty as a perfectly set jar of sparkling, jewel-toned jelly. However, those “less attractive” jars of jam deserve some love, too.

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Jam & Jelly Making Basics

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As I have added more recipes for making jams and jellies, I began to realize I was repeating myself. A lot. I already do that as a teacher all day long. It’s not fun.

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Sour Cherry Jam (No Added Pectin)

Several years ago we planted a Morello cherry tree in our garden. I was a little disappointed to later realize that it would never grow much bigger than 7 to 8 feet tall… until we started pulling in more cherries than I could figure out what to do with.

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Greek Spiced Candied Plums & Plum Brandy (or Plum Spoon Sweets & Syrup!)

20200802173352_IMG_5087Plums are liars.  Okay, not all plums lie, but when they do it’s really bad, but it’s nothing that booze and sugar can’t fix.  Well, at least in this case.

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Spiced Pear Butter

20190930_191735xdfcPears are fickle things.  Frustratingly fickle things.  And yet, when you get some cooperation from them, they are also delightfully delicious things.

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Fig & Honey Jam

20190818_215622trfghIf a fig tree is anywhere near a sidewalk or roadway in Greece, any fruits over the property line is fair game for passers by.

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Greek Sour Cherry “Spoon Sweet” (Vissino Glyko Koutaliou)

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I didn’t get to enjoy this treat much when I was a kid.  Once I got a home with a yard large enough, I planted a sour cherry tree just so I could have it when I wanted.  That took care of that!

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Greek Candied Lemon “Spoon Sweet”

20190221_161009It is amazing how many tasty treats can be made with things most of us would just toss away.  That they were made in the first place tells us that the genius behind them was a frugal person not wanting to waste what could be otherwise useful.

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Greek Kumquat “Spoon Sweet”

20190307_175732If there is ever a global shortage on sugar or honey, I’m not sure what most Greeks are going to do.  Greeks really love their sweets.

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