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Lenten Biscuits – Paximathia Nistisima


  • 5-6 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. ground anise seed
  • 3 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • Zest of one orange
Lenten Biscuits - Paximathia Nistisima

Lenten Biscuits – Paximathia Nistisima


  • Using a mixer, beat the oil and sugar together until thoroughly mixed.
  • Add orange juice, brandy, orange zest, baking soda, spices and mix well.
  • A little bit at a time add flour and nuts to the mixture and mix until the dough leaves the side of the bowl but is not too sticky.
  • The dough should be wet but it should hold together.
  • Turn dough out on to a lightly floured surface.
  • Divide into four equal parts. Roll into 4 logs and transfer to non-stick cookie pans about 3 inches apart.
  • Flatten each log into a rectangular loaf about 3 inches wide and approximately 3/4 inch thick.
  • The thickness of the loaves should be uniform to allow for even cooking.
  • Using a sharp knife, make cuts in the loaves (Wight-Wise) that are approximately 1/2 an inch deep and 1/2 inch apart.
  • Do not cut all the way through.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and allow biscuits to cool slightly.
  • With a sharp knife, cut the biscuits all the way through and turn slices on their side.
  • Return to the oven for toasting, about 5-10 minutes each side.
  • Remove from the oven and let them cool down before serving.
  • Paximathia Nistisima (Lenten Biscuits) are made with care and with all natural ingredients.
  • They are just delicious with coffee or tea.

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