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Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas in Greece without the heavenly butter shortbread biscuits Kourabiethes. Pronounced “koo-ra-bee-ye-thes”.  These melt in the mouth delicacies are one of the highlights of the festive season. They can be found in all the bakeries piled high on the counter. Drenched in powdery icing sugar they look like wonderful little snowballs , soft and inviting! They usually have almonds hidden inside the delicious, buttery balls but they can be adapted to include pistachios, rosewaterer or orange zest. Whichever way you decide to make them we can guarantee you will feel like you have eaten a little bit of heaven.


Christmas Kourabithes Asteri Collection Luxury Villa Greece





75 g blanched almonds or walnuts
250 g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
125 g icing sugar , plus extra for dusting
2 tablespoons brandy
1 large free-range egg yolk
300 g plain flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 splash of orange blossom water


  • Preheat the oven to 160ºC/gas 2-3 and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
  • Place the nuts on one of the trays and toast in the oven for 10 minutes, or until lightly golden.
  • Cube the butter and place in a free-standing mixer and beat until pale and creamy. Sift in the icing sugar, then add the brandy and egg yolk, and continue to mix for a few more minutes.
  • Finely chop the toasted nuts or blitz in a food processor, then add them to the butter mixture, along with the flour, baking powder and pinch of sea salt, then, using a metal spoon, fold it all together, until combined.
  • Roll spoonfuls of the mixture into balls, then mould each one into a traditional crescent shape – you could also make them into fingers, or cut them with a star cutter, whatever you like.
  • Place the biscuits on the second lined baking tray and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly golden.
  • Add a generous amount of icing sugar to a small, deep tray. Very lightly brush the warm biscuits with orange blossom water, then pop them in the icing sugar tray and toss to coat.
  • Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
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Asteri Collection

In an area of outstanding natural beauty on the unspoilt corner of North East Zakynthos you will discover an idyllic spot to spend your Zakynthos experience. Hugged by hills covered in Cypress and Olive trees with views overlooking the sparkling Ionian ocean this is the home of The Asteri Collection.

These three beautifully designed villas have been inspired by the traditional Greek ‘sugar cube’ houses and are a study in bohemian luxury. Here you will find stunning views, luxurious interiors and elegant landscaping.

Private and secluded yet within walking distance of the famous Peligoni Club and the local beach and restaurants of Agios Nikolias these villas cater for all ages and welcome families. Here you can experience laid-back luxury at its best.