In Response to Re: Easter April 24th 2011:
Great idea Gale... I will start it out with a recipe that I make every Easter. It is a Greek Easter Cookie (Koulourakia). 1/2 LB. BUTTER 3 EGG YOLKS (2 WHOLE EGGS) 1 CUP SUGAR 2 TABLESPOON BAKING POWDER 1/8 TEASPOON BAKING SODA 1/2 CUP FRESH ORANGE JUICE 5 CUPS FLOUR IN A SEPARATE BOWL COMBINE FLOUR, BAKING POWDER AND BAKING SODA. CREAM TOGETHER BUTTER, EGG YOLKS AND SUGAR TILL CREAMY; ADD ALTERNATING THE FLOUR MIXTURE AND ORANGE JUICE. KNEAD TILL FIRM. ROLL INTO 1/2" X 5-6" LONG LOGS. BEND IN HALF LIKE A LOOP AND TWIST THE ENDS. BRUSH WITH 2 BEATEN EGGS. USE A LIGHTLY GREASED COOKIE SHEET. OPTIONAL: 1/2 TSP. ANISE FLAVORING BAKE AT 400* FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES (GOLDEN BROWN) I hope you will try this recipe, The purpose of the loop and twist the end, is suppose to resemble the sign of the fish; after the death of Christ, Christians would make the sign of the fish in the sand and then erased the sign. If you were a Christian and caught, you were put into the arena (Circus Maximus) with Lions. So, that is why I make these cookies at Easter, the sign of the fish (Christian).
Posted by Susan K
Thanks for the recipe and the history lesson too. I will try to make the cookies for Easter too.