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Katherine's Koulourakia Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Katherine Strakes

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1/2 lb (2 sticks) of butter (Katherine used "I can't believe it's not butter" margarine)
5 eggs (1 for egg wash with a little milk added)
2 T milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder (mixed in with first cup of flour)
1 1/4 lb of Gold Medal Flour
Sesame seeds

Directions:
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Cream butter and sugar together on medium speed for a few minutes until fluffy
Add in eggs, one at a time until incorporated
Add milk and vanilla, mix
Lower mixer and add first cup of flour with baking powder and salt
Add rest of flour, one cup at a time until you can work with dough. It will be a little sticky.
Turn out on lightly floured board and knead for a few minutes. Cover dough with a clean kitchen towel and set aside for 15-20 minutes. If you're not sure if you've added enough flour, bake a few as a sample. If they flatten out too much, then you need to add a little more flour, perhaps 1/4 c.
Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Take a small piece of dough (size of a walnut, about 1 T) and roll it into a long strip or rope. Fold this in half and twist the two halves together to form a braid. Continue with rest of dough.
Prepare your egg wash by mixing the egg and about 1 1/2 tsp. milk. Brush top of each koulourakia and add some sesame.
Bake for 15-20 minutes on middle rack, then on rack higher for another ten minutes. Everyone's oven is different, so keep watch to make sure they don't burn.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
5-6 dozen
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
3 Hours
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Katherine would make these special cookies and keep them in plastic storage bags inside of her oven. Every time her family came to visit, they would head straight for the oven and dig in!

 

 

 

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