Glyko tou koutaliou Stafili – Grape Greek spoon sweet
|Prep time||45 minutes|
|Cook time||10 minutes|
|Total time||55 minutes|
|Meal type||Condiment, Dessert|
|Misc||Gourmet, Serve Cold|
Glyko tou koutaliou is a spoon sweet made from fruits stewed in a syrup.
- 1kg Seedless grapes (green or red grapes)
- 1 cup Sugar
- 2 cups Water
- 1 stick Cinnamon (or powder)
- 5 pieces Clove (or ground clove)
- 3 pieces Cardemom
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla essence
- 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
Gluko tou koutaliou is a spoon sweet directly translated from Greek. Literature is filled with references to fruits that are preserved in honey or syrup made from grapes (petimezi). Today we are still doing it with all different types if fruits, some even use vegetables like baby aubergines or cherry tomatoes in a sugar syrup. They are usually seasonal fruits which housewives use from having an abundance from their farms or gardens. Like grape season in August/September, you will hear women making petimezi syrup and grape preserve. Winter fruits like bergamot, oranges and lemons are usually used and in summer the favourites are fig, watermelon rind, apricots and strawberries. Quince, apples, walnuts and koumara are good fall varieties.
A good spoon sweet retains the shape, taste, colour and aroma of the fruit. Spoon sweets are a symbol of hospitality. We in Greece serve a spoonful of it to our guests on arrival, together with a coffee or tea and a glass of water on a small crystal plate.
Although these sweets are made throughout Greece they are usually different from region to region. Crete is known for their raisin and grape spoon sweets, Santorina makes a delicious tomato and blanched tomato spoon sweet, Aigina for its pistachio one and Kefalonia for their koumquat glyko tou koutaliou.
Spoon sweets can be utilised in many ways. You can top up your Greek yogurt with this preserve instead of honey, makes a gorgeous topping for ice-creams and over waffles or pancakes. Another genius idea is to make glass deserts with various layers of cream, biscuits and glyko tou koutaliou if you don't have fresh fruits on hand.