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Vegan Orange Syrup Biscuits (Slatki so Portokali)

Shared by: Vesa
Recipe origin: Macedonia

Vegan Orange Syrup Biscuits (Slatki so Portokali)

Although a vegan Easter recipe, I enjoy these biscuits all year round. The Greeks, Turks and other Balkan nations have similar recipes which are more biscuit-like. This recipe, although a biscuit is more cake-like and delicious!

Shaping each biscuit


Makes 24 biscuits

1 cup (220g) caster sugar
1 1/2 cups (375ml) water

2 cups (250g) self-raising flour, sifted
2 cups (250g) plain flour, sifted
1 cup (220g) caster sugar
1 cup (250ml) freshly squeezed orange juice (juice of 3-4 oranges), strained
1 cup (250ml) light olive oil (or vegetable oil)
Zest of 1 orange (optional)
1/2 cup (75g) walnut halves
1/2 cup (75g) ground/crushed walnuts, for sprinkling

1) For syrup, bring water and sugar to the boil, then reduce to a simmer for 10-15 minutes until slightly thickened, take off heat and allow to cool to room temperature.

2) Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2 trays with baking paper.

3) In a large bowl combine self-raising, plain flour and sugar. Make a well in the centre, add olive oil and orange juice. Using a fork or your fingers start to incorporate the wet and dry ingredients. When the dough starts to come together, use one hand to scrunch and knead until all the ingredients are well combined and you have soft-medium dough mix (3-5 minutes).

4) Scoop 1 heaped tablespoon of the mix into your hand, insert a walnut half into the centre, roll into a sausage shape between both hands to cover the walnut and place on baking tray. Repeat with remaining dough and walnuts.

5) Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven, while still hot quickly dunk each cake into syrup with a slotted spoon, remove from syrup and sprinkle top with crushed walnuts.

6) Eat while warm or serve at room temperature.

– These biscuits keep for quite a while as there are no eggs or milk, they also freeze well.
– Add the zest of an orange to the dough for a more intense orange flavour.

4 Comments  |   Add a comment

  1. Violeta P

    Just made these yummy biscuits! I can’t believe how quick and easy they were to make. No special mixers, gadgets or fancy ingredients required. You can just use your regular pantry staples, a mixing bowl and away you go. Hardly anything to clean up too! I tried one as soon as I had dunked it in the syrup and sprinkled on the crushed walnuts. Absolutely mouthwateringly divine!!! I’m sure hubby is going to love them when he gets back from work. Thanks for a great recipe.

  2. Suzanna

    I’m so excited to hear that you loved the biscuits. I hope your husband enjoyed them too! Sxx

  3. Lepa

    I made these beautiful sweets for my son’s name day and they we very popular amoung the guests, all that tried asked for the recipe. They are delicious. This is a fantastic website and it’s great to see so much Traditional Macedonian recipies. Please keep adding to it.

  4. elly

    Are these delightful sweets called ‘Urmashici’? Would be great if someone could confirm? Love your website Suzanna

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