Greek Orange Spoon Sweet (Gliko Koutaliou Portokali)

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It's common practice in Greece if you visit someone during the day or early evening, to be offered a spoon sweet, or 'gliko koutaliou'. This is a sweet made from fruit and kept in a jar, to be served on sweet dish (preferably glass) whenever someone comes. All types of fruit are used, but this particular recipe is for orange. It's really easy to make and is a delightful sweet to eat.


4 large seedless oranges – preferably with a thick skin.
Sugar – the same weight as the oranges after they have been boiled.


Wash the oranges and thinly slice off the top and tail.

Put them in a pan with enough water to cover them and boil for 1 hour.

Let them cool and then weigh them.

Cut in half horizontally and then cut the halves in half vertically.

Cut the quarters into thin slices – 1cm approx.

Empty the water from the pan and put the oranges in.

Add the same weight of sugar.

Bring to the boil and then simmer until it becomes a syrup – not too thick. This should be about 30 minutes.

Put the hot sweet into hot sterilised jars and save.

If you've tried this recipe please rate it!

Eat and Enjoy!


MaryMoh said...

That looks very delicious. I would sccop that over ice cream or other desserts. Thanks for sharing.

Silvergirl said...

looks yummy!! everytime i visit you here, really i feel hungry :)

good day

BigBear said...

Are we supposed to save the liquid and use that to boil down into syrup or add some fresh water? Sometimes orange peels can be bitter so I discarded the original and started with some fresh water. The result is great so maybe I shouldn't worry about it.

Catherine said...

This looks so good! Have a great day!

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