Melomakarona – Greece
Melomakarona, also called Finikia, is a traditional Greek egg-shaped confection popular in Greece. It is composed primarily of olive oil, honey, semolina, sugar, orange zest and/or fresh juice, cognac (or a similar beverage), and cinnamon. This traditional dish is made on Christmas holidays, along with Kourabiedes, and is thought to be derived from ancient Makaria, and is mainly eaten during funerals or mournful celebrations.
Gradual changes and adaptations in the recipe, like adding honey, changed the consistency of Melomakarona. Melomakarona is made from flour and contains ground walnuts when rolled. After baking, they are briefly submerged in a cool syrup composed of honey and sugar that has been dissolved in water. Finally, they are designed with ground and larger walnut pieces.