Léfkara is situated in the southeast of the island. Well-known it became for the famous lace “Lefkaritika“, which the diligent village-women embroider. It is even reputed that Leonardo da Vinci, on a visit to Cyprus in 1481, was very impressed by the Lefkara women’s adaptation of Venetian embroidery. He is said to have taken a piece of work with the “potamos” design on it back to Italy to grace the altar in Milan Cathedral. This design is known today as the “Leonardo da Vinci design”.
Loukoumia are a type of sweet in Turkish (lokum), Cypriot, Greek, and Albanian cuisines. They are also known as Turkish Delight or Greek Delight.
It is made from starch and sugar. A main ingredient is rosewater, although some are made with lemon. Some recipes include small nut pieces, usually pistachio, hazelnut or almonds. This dessert is highly valued by children.
1 liter fresh milk
5 tablespoons of sugar
1.5 spoons of flour
(optionally) 1 or 2 spoons of vanilla
(optionally) nut pieces
(optionally) fine-grained sugar
First mix the egg yolks with the sugar in a bowl until it forms a homogeneous, white mass. Then slowly add in and stir the flour and the vanilla creating a thicker mass. The milk should be at around room temperature (i.e. it might need to be warmed if it was in the freezer). Pour the milk slowly into the bowl, and mix well so that there are no clumps. Add in the nut pieces if desired. Pour the mix into a cooking utensil and put it on a heater on a medium setting. The mix must be stirred the whole time for about half an hour or until the cream is ready. Take the utensil off the heater and pour the cream into plastic shapes. Let it cool. Roll the shaped loukoumia on the fine-grained sugar that will serve as a coating and serve.
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