Peach Spoon Sweet (Gliko Koutaliou Rodakino)


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Back in the old days when countries were secluded from each other, cooking and baking were more traditional. Each country had a specific range of savory and sweet dishes.

Today, with the increased penetration of the media in our lives and the technologically advanced and faster transportation means, people have adopted other countries’ culinary customs. Food has become international and there is no better place to realize this than here in our blogging community.

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To just change this a little bit and because this month’s theme for World on a Plate was a fruity dessert, I decided to present a sweet that for years used to be the predominant treat in all formal and informal occasions here in Greece. Before the invasion of crème patisserie, croissant, profiterole, cakes, tarts etc., people offered spoon sweets to celebrations, marriages, engagements, birthdays etc.

It is a very basic sweet and resembles a lot to jam. Only here, the fruit remains either whole or is cut in pieces. We do not mash it like we do in jam.

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The spoon sweet goes perfectly with Greek yogurt. Do try it and you will see that beauty, most of the times, hides in pure and simple things.

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World on a plate is a blogging cultural exchange invented by Pola. On the last Sunday of the month, bloggers from all over the world get together to interpret a food through the lens of their home country cooking. Each blogger will produce a wonderful dish featuring the food chosen that is typical of her/his home country and will tell us a bit about the dish.

 

Peach Spoon Sweet (Gliko Koutaliou Rodakino)

Ingredients

650 gr. / 23 oz. firm peaches peeled and cut in quarters

650 gr. / 23 oz. sugar

250 gr. / 9 oz. water

1 tbsp lemon

1 tsp vanilla extract

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Instructions

In a pot pour the sugar and the water.

Bring to boil in high and add the peaches.

Lower the fire to medium/low and let it boil until the peaches are transparent and soft and the sugar and water have become syrup about 45 minutes.

Remove from fire and pour the lemon and vanilla.

If you are going to use it in the next 10 days just let it cool, put it in a glass vase and store it in the fridge.

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If you want to store it for a longer period of time, then you will have to use sterilized vases.

Tips: Sometimes the syrup may become very thick and sugary or very runny. In both cases, don’t worry, we can correct it.

If it is thick, we add about ½ cup water and put it to fire again for about 5 minutes. Just before the end we add another tsp of lemon.

If it is runny we boil it more until the syrup becomes thicker.

Serve either alone or over Greek yogurt.

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By the moment you’ll be reading this post, I will be travelling to my father’s village in the mainland Greece. I will be back in a week with many photographs to share with you!

4.9 from 8 reviews

Greek Peach Spoon Sweet (Gliko Koutaliou Rodakino)
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Dessert

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 650 gr. / 23 oz. firm peaches peeled and cut in quarters
  • 650 gr. / 23 oz. sugar
  • 250 gr. / 9 oz. water
  • 1 tbsp lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. In a pot pour the sugar and the water.
  2. Bring to boil in high and add the peaches.
  3. Lower the fire to medium/low and let it boil until the peaches are transparent and soft and the sugar and water have become syrup about 45 minutes.
  4. Remove from fire and pour the lemon and vanilla.
  5. If you are going to use it in the next 10 days just let it cool, put it in a glass vase and store it in the fridge.
  6. If you want to store it for a longer period of time then you will have to use sterilized vases.
Tips: Sometimes the syrup may become very thick and sugary or very runny. In both cases, don’t worry, we can correct it.
If it is thick, we add about ½ cup water and put it to fire again for about 5 minutes. Just before the end we add another tsp of lemon.
If it is runny we boil it more until the syrup becomes thicker.
Serve either alone or over Greek yogurt.

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  44. Sorry for being so late to the party! I love this dessert and have never had it before. Great use for the abundant peaches that are available now!

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  46. Louise says:

    Oh my goodness Katerina, your peach dessert looks absolutely heavenly! And I love the name of the dish too. I sure wouldn’t mind spooning a taste right now!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing…

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  49. Katerina, what a lovely dessert! And your photos look beautiful! :) (Now, let’s hope I can post it…) :)

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  51. Claire says:

    So bright and pretty and perfect for summer! It’s so interesting to learn about your country’s food traditions.

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  53. Raina says:

    This looks wonderful, a great way to use the fresh peaches we have in season right now. Special traditional dishes like this are my favorite:)

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  55. Ola says:

    it must be good with Greek yoghurt!
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  57. I love this simple yet delicate way to showcase seasonal fruit at its best. Your suggestion to eat it with yoghurt sounds like perfection!

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  59. Juliana says:

    Great dessert…simple and beautiful…and yes, I can almost taste it with yogurt…yum!
    Awesome pictures Katerina :)
    Hope you are having a nice week!

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  61. Great pics, it looks so good. I see it with vanilla ice cream too!

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  63. Love the simple yet very delicious look of this dessert, Katerina!

    Wishing you a wonderful trip!

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  65. Cucina49 says:

    I love simple desserts like this one that really let the fruit shine. It looks wonderful!

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    There is definitely a lot of cultural food fusion in the blogosphere but sometimes it is nice to go back to your roots. Love this dessert!

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  71. Faith says:

    This looks absolutly delicious, Katerina, and definitely from a simpler time. It reminds me of something my Syrian mother-in-law makes with apples. The fruit itself is so sweet and delicious, and so is the lovely syrupy juice that goes with it. Hope your week is off to a wonderful start, my friend!

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  73. PolaM says:

    This looks like the perfect complement to so many desserts!!

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  75. looks so delicious, perfect way to end a meal!

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  77. Liz says:

    So incredibly delicious! Pure fruit flavor…and peaches are one of my favorites!!!

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  79. Asmita says:

    This looks so yum! Love the way you have prepared this.

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  81. Susan says:

    How delicious! I love peaches and would love to try these over some yogurt!

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    It’s brilliant in it’s simplicity. I love a dessert like this.

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  85. Barbara says:

    Oh yes, that would be perfect with some Greek yogurt!
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  87. Ambreen says:

    That looks so yummy, simple to make but delicious dessert! Have a great time visiting your family :)

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  89. Καλημέρα Κατερίνα μου και καλή εβδομάδα!
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  91. Thanks for the peach spoon sweet recipe.
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  93. kyleen says:

    I love you turn something so simple, like peaches, into an elegant dessert in it’s own right. These peaches look like little golden bites of summer.

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  95. Xara says:

    So mouth watering, Katerina! I’ve always loved spoon sweets,although some are practically impossible for me to make, due to lack of appropriate ingredients.. Thank goodness peaches are in season! Yours look amazing!! Have a great week!

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  97. Reeni says:

    Your peach spoon sweet is a wonderful treat Katerina! I bet it’s delicious with yogurt.

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  99. Debra says:

    Thanks for sharing another authentic Greek dish. I learned a lot from your post. I wish I had had this recipe when we were going through Peach-palooza at EE. I bet this is fabulous with yogurt.

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  101. Simple yet delicious peach dessert! Have a wonderful trip and I look forward to your pictures! 😉

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  103. Margarita says:

    This treat would be great in a lot of things… Yogurt and granola, peanut butter sandwiches, bruschetta with Brie, in a pie, on top of ice cream, oatmeal… And so on! Delicious!

    Have fun visiting your dad!

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  105. Susan says:

    Wow! I can think of so many ways to enjoy these peaches – just lovely.

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  109. Candace says:

    This looks sooo good. I bet it tastes wonderful with Greek Yogurt. It is very similar to what we call “preserves” down in the southern part of the US. I’ve never made them but my grandmother and mom would make preserves every summer from peaches and pears and figs and put them in sterilized jars for the coming winter. They are delicious on a piece of toast or a biscuit with butter or on a sandwich with peanut butter. I like it better than jam or jelly. Yum!

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    Εγώ τα έκανα τάρτα τα ροδάκινα, εσύ γλυκό κουταλιού.

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    φιλιά!

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  115. What a delicious way to prepare peaches!

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  117. Hmmm … Never really thought about technology modifying our food cultures … Very true & interesting :-)

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  119. Kate says:

    Blogging definitely opens your eyes to different cultures.

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  121. Lyndsey says:

    I like this, learning about what is a typical dish from the country you live. I agree, it all started with what is available to you grown in your area! This looks so interesting, would love to try it. I do like peaches (they grow near me too) :)

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  123. I would love this with a little yogurt! I wish I had some right now.

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  125. Sissi says:

    Katerina, it looks luscious and very unusual. I love peaches and you have reminded me I haven’t bought any yet this year.

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  127. Kathy says:

    Oh would I love some of this with my Greek yogurt! Looks perfectly delicious!
    You are so right about the way we eat today! It’s such a small world, and so evident in our blogging community!

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  129. o yes, definitely need to make this to serve with some homemade yogurt!

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  131. mia maria says:

    Πολύ λαχταριστό Κατερίνα μου και οι φωτογραφίες σου υπέροχες!

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  133. CCU says:

    Traditional and delicious my friend, I like it 😀
    It looks delightful and so gorgeous!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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