Traditional Orange Spoon Sweet

  • by XpatAthens
  • Thursday, 14 April 2022
Traditional Orange Spoon Sweet
Spoon sweets are sweet preserves, served in a spoon as a gesture of hospitality and are a big deal here, in Greece. They can be made from almost any fruit, though sour and bitter fruits are usually preferred.

Check the below recipe for an easy-peasy recipe for a delicious orange spoon sweet that will excite your guests' palate!


2 kilos oranges
800 g granulated sugar
800 g water
1 tablespoon glucose
2 star anises
2 pods of cardamom
lemon juice of 1 lemon

To serve

strained yogurt

  • Remove the zest of the oranges and add it to a bowl. You can add 80 g brandy and 2 tablespoons sugar, and use it as orange extract. Store it in the refrigerator, sealed in a jar.
  • Cut the top and bottom ends of the oranges and then score the rind all around the orange. Carefully remove the peels, wrap them, and pierce them with a toothpick.
  • Transfer the peels to a pot with boiling water and boil for 5 minutes. Drain the water and follow the same process 1-2 more times, depending on the bitterness of the rind.
  • In the same pot add the sugar, the water, the glucose, the anise, the cardamom, the peels of the oranges, and transfer over low heat. Boil for 40-50 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice.
  • Let it cool well. The more the syrup is cooling down, the more it will thicken.
  • Serve with yogurt and rosemary. You can store it sealed airtight in a jar, in a cool and dry place.
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