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Lenten Desserts and Sweets


You can still enjoy some excellent Greek desserts and sweets during Lenten or "fasting" periods.  Here's a list of some dessert favorites that are dairy-free and do not contain eggs.

1. Semolina Pudding with Raisins and Nuts - Halvas

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A dessert that has Arabic origins but has been adopted into the Greek culture and is widely served during fasting periods because there are no eggs or dairy in the recipe.

2. Loukoumathes

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Loukoumades are golden puffs of fried dough that are bathed in sweet syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon and walnuts. 

3. Koulourakia with Wine

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Delicious and crispy with a hint of cinnamon, these are so good, you won't miss the butter or the eggs.

4. Melomakarona

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Everyone's favorite Christmas cookie just so happens to be Lenten approved.  A real treat!

5. Loli

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This "crazy" cake from the island of Sifnos takes a jumble of ingredients and produces a sweet and flavor packed cake.

6. Spiced Biscotti

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A sweet anise flavor makes these a Lenten standout - perfect with coffee and tea.

7. Fanouropita - Saint Fanourios Cake

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Traditionally baked in honor of Saint Fanourios, the patron saint of lost items, this cake wil delight you with its nuts and spices.

8. Lenten Chocolate Cake

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A rich and moist chocolate cake recipe that tastes indulgent but still complies with the dietary restrictions of the Lenten season.

9. Sesame Honey Candy - Pasteli

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Pasteli is a favorite Greek candy made with sesame seeds and honey, and this traditional recipe is the simplest, easiest, and perhaps oldest. It creates a chewy confection that can be enjoyed like any other candy, as an energy booster, and it goes particularly well with tea.
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