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Also known as akanes Lailia (ακανές Λαϊλιά), these are a specialty of Serres in Central Macedonia: a version of loukoumi made with fresh sheep and/or goat’s butter, with roasted almonds in the centre, shaped in little round moulds and coated in powdered sugar.

Invented in the 1700s by Ottoman pastry makers, they were brought to Serres by refugees from Asia Minor.

Text © Dana Facaros

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