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Sweets & Desserts

Sweets Shop
Greek sweets are basically Middle-Eastern type, very sweet, loaded with butter, oil and nuts.
Traditionally the Greeks did not have a custom to eat desserts after meal and these sweets were meant to be eaten between meals. Recently, with western-European influence, the Greeks do enjoy desserts after meal, but in this case, they tend to eat western-European style cakes or ice-cream.

Varieties of Greek Sweets

Baklavadakia Baklava, Baklavadakia : Nuts filled fyllo-pastry pies soaked in syrup
Kataïfi : Similar to baklava, made not by filo, but with hair-thin noodles (there are kataïfakia in the photo right).
Halvas : Olive-oil roasted semolina wheat softened with syrup.
Ekmek : Kataïfi topped with fresh whipped cream.
Galaktoboureko : Semolina-custard baked in filo pastry and soaked in syrup.
Bougatsa : Similar to Galaktoboureko, but smaller and without syrup.
Karidopita : Walnuts cake soaked in syrup.
Ravaní : Butter cake soaked in syrup.
Loukoumades : Yeast doughnuts with syrup or honey.
Fanouropita : Spice cake without butter and egg.
Trigona Panoramatos : Triangle baklava filled with custard cream, Thessalonikan speciality
Diples : Deep-fried and syrup doused dough strips

Kazandipi Risogalo
Above left is "Kazandipí", originated in Asia Minor. Similar to Panna Cotta with caramel. The original recipe requires water-buffalo milk.
Above right is rice pudding, Risogalo, ominipresent in Mediterranean area.
Right is Tourouba, deep-fried doughnuts soaked in syrup.

Halvas Loukoumia
These photos were from a showcase of sweet shop in Piraeus.

Left above are Halvas. There are two different sweets called Halvas in Greece. One is wet pudding made of semolina powder, olive oil and sugar. In this photo is the other type, popular also in Muslim Mediterranean countries. It is made of sugar and sesame powder and like fraky nougat. Both of these halvas are eaten as fasting food.

Right above and below are various soutzouki, sweets made of grape must, nuts and sugar.
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