These biscuits are traditionally made by the Greeks of Smyrna and their descendants. They are lovely to have with coffee and/or tea. Baking ammonia can be purchased at drugstores in North America. The yield I mention is arbitrary as it depends on the shape and size of the biscuits you make.
- Sift the flour into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and add melted butter, eggs, salt, sugar and vanilla. Dissolve baking ammonia in the milk and add that to the flour mixture, too.
- Knead the ingredients together well until you have a soft, pliable dough.
- Shape dough into shapes of your choosing. 'S' shapes, braids and snails are popular in Greece.
- Place on a greased cookie sheet, or parchment-lined or silpat and brush with beaten egg white.
- Bake at 375F (180C) for 20 minutes.
- Note: If you can find a 'soft' flour, suitable for pastry-making, your koulourakia will be more authentic.