Although “Western” Easter was last Sunday, tomorrow marks Orthodox Easter. The Eastern Orthodox Church is the second largest Christian denomination in the world, with its followers mainly in Central and Eastern European countries such as Greece, Russia, Bulgaria, and the Ukraine.
In Greece, Easter preparations begin on Holy Thursday when the traditional Easter bread, tsoureki, is baked and eggs are dyed red.
2/3 cup walnuts
1/2 cup sunflower oil
1/2 cup superfine sugar
2 tablespoons dried currants
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 baking sheets. In a food processor, chop walnuts finely. In a bowl, mix together walnuts, sunflower oil, sugar, currants, and egg.
Sift in flour and baking powder. Add vanilla extract. Stir together to form a firm paste, adding more flour if too soft.
Roll mixture into small walnut-size balls, flatten slightly and place on prepared baking sheets. Bake 10 minutes, or until crisp and golden. Transfer to wire racks to cool. Dust with powdered sugar as they cool.
Makes about 14.