The St. Barbara Ladies Philoptochos Society hosts the classes and their motto is "See a need, fill a need". Rev. Father Peter J. Orfanakos, Parish Priest for St. Barbara says, "For over a century, the Ladies Philoptochos Society has been filling those needs where ever they have arisen in the world. The Philoptochos (Friends of the Poor) was first founded in the late 1800’s, but this organization is the continuation of a long heritage of various philanthropic work of women for centuries. As Orthodox Christians, we know many Philoptochos members. They are our mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, sisters, daughters, and aunts. In fact, there is a good chance that our life has been touched by their great work and example. They lift up their God given talents, and through hard work and determination, become messengers of God's Grace and Love in this world. They are true heroes of our Faith!"
As we were making our own little loaves, the ladies of the Philoptochos Society were making massive amounts of dough to make Koulouria, little yummy cookies.
Making Cinnamon Water.
The recipe makes 6 to 7 loaves...highly unlikely that I'll be making it anytime soon. But you never know, this is the season of miracles.
It is risen, it is risen indeed! Oh wait, those are Easter words, a very similar recipe for Tsoureki is made at Easter time.
Punching it down and getting ready to form the loaves.
Long braids, little knots. Any way the dough is formed they are still yummy. You can serve them as an appetizer with feta or kaseri cheese. Or you can have it for breakfast with butter. No matter which way...they are yummy!!!