Question. What is Moustokouloura?
Answer. Moustokouloura are soft and chewy cookies made with grape must! The natural sugar from the grape must is what gives them their unique and tasty flavour.
Tips, tricks and info on how to make Moustokouloura
You must boil the grape must, for a couple of hours, at medium-low heat, until reduced by 30-50%. The more you reduce it the thicker and sweeter the grape must will become, and the less sugar you will need to make these cookies.The reduced grape must is one of the ingredients that we use to make these cookies. With the 10L of reduced grape must you can make numerous times either moustokouloura or moustalevria.
If the batter turns greenish you may add 2-4 tbsp of cocoa powder to give it a dark brown color. This may be due to the chemical reaction between the baking soda or leavening agent and the grape must or any other ingredient. This does not happen every time.
- Pour the must into the mixing bowl and begin incorporating all the ingredients, as shown.
- Take some flour and mix with the baking powder.
- Add baking powder / flour mixture into Must mixture.
- Add spices and leavening agent.
- Start adding flour until mixture thickens a bit.
- Once batter has thickened, transfer mixture to a larger container and continue kneading by hand.
- Continue adding the remaining flour until all is incorporated into the mixture.
- Lightly oil the baking sheet.
- Traditional cookie shapes are as shown, but make any shape you wish.
- Preheat oven to 350 F and bake at middle rack for 20 minutes.
NOTE: If this Greek recipe is of interest to you, you may watch our video with step by step instructions and precise ingredient amounts. Moustokouloura video