What's Cooking: Lebanese Butter Cookies (Greba)
Jenise Beck from St. Antony Orthodox Christian Church demonstrates how to make delicate Lebanese butter cookies.
See the recipe below.
They can be made as-is (Greba) or filled with walnuts or pecans soaked in Orange Blossom Water (Mamoul)
St. Antony will host its annual "Hafli" November 9-12.
A dinner features traditional Lebanese fare, including marinated and grilled chicken breast, hashwa, hummus, stuffed cabbage rolls, tabouli and greba as well as a beverage.
Visitors may also take some of the delicious food home from the deli and bake sale where items will be available for purchase.
St. Antony is located at 2645 E. 6th Street just west of the TU campus.
Hafli hours are as follows:
Thursday - Nov. 9: 11am-9pm
Friday - Nov. 10: 11am -9pm
Saturday - Nov. 11: 11am-9pm
Sunday - Nov. 12: 12pm-3pm
Tickets for the meal are $17 at the door or here.
Recipe for Lebanese Butter Cookies (Greba)
1 c. clarified butter
1 c. extra fine sugar
1 tsp. orange blossom water (available at middle eastern markets)
2.5-3 c. flour
Preheat oven to 350 degress.
Measure the clarified butter and chill several hours or overnight. Place in a mixing bowl and beat until it is white and creamy like whipped cream. Gradually add the sugar and beat until the mixture is smooth. Add orange blossom water. Add flour slowly. Mix until dough holds together and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Lightly sugar a mold. Place a small ball of dough in the mold and press lightly. Bang the mold on a clean surface to release the cookie. If you don't have a mold, shape the ball of dough into an "S".
Bake for 15 minutes, or until the bottoms of the cookies are lightly browned. Leave them on the cookie sheet to cool.