honey spiced biscuits


1 cup oil

1 cup sugar

½ cup brandy or ¾ cup sweet red wine

½ cup orange juice

orange zest from 2 oranges

lemon zest from 1 lemon

¾  tspn cinnamon

¼ tspn ground cloves

up to 7 1/2 cups plain flour

3 tspns baking powder

1/2 tspn bicarb soda


Walnut Mixture

  • 500gms crushed walnuts mixed with cinammon
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of ground cloves
  • 1 tblspn sugar



2 cups honey

2 cups sugar

2 cups water

1 cinnamon stick

3-4 whole cloves

1-2-inch piece lemon rind


Beat sugar and oil with electric hand beater until light in colour – about 3 minutes

Add brandy, orange juice, lemon rind and orange rind, cinnamon, ground cloves mix well

Mix  flour with the baking powder and soda and gradually incorporate into the sugar & oil mixture until a soft dough forms. Dough should be soft but not too sticky.

melomakarona dough

Let rest for 10-15mins


Take small amounts of mixture and shape into small balls about the size of a walnut

Flatten the ball in the palm of your hand and put about a tspn of the walnut mixture in the centre. Wrap the dough around the filling to make an oblong shape and place on tray.

Cook 20 – 30 minutes in mod oven350F or 170C



melomakarona out from the oven

To make the syrup, bring ingredients to the boil and skim off any impurities that may form on the surface. Simmer for 5-7minutes.


When biscuits have cooked , allow to cool and then one by one place into hot syrup, allowing them a few seconds to soak up the syrup.

Place on serving platter and sprinkle with crushed walnut mixture

Please note that the amount of flour you need is enough to make the mixture soft and stickybut not too sticky as you need to be able to mould the biscuits in your hand – soft flour is best

dont mix the baking powder and baking soda with all of the flour in case you dont need it all – just mix it with 3-4 cups flour then you can just add more flour as you need it


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