This is a sweet take on the pretzel-like rings called koulouria
that you find sold by street vendors all over Greece. It's a lovely
biscuit for dunking in coffee, with a texture similar to that of a
180 gmbutter, at room temperature110 gm(½ cup) raw caster sugar, plus extra for dusting1egg1 tspvanilla extract¾ tspbaking powder½ tspbicarbonate of soda335 gm(2¼ cups) plain flour60 ml(¼ cup) freshly squeezed orange juice½ tspfinely grated orange rindFor brushing:eggwashFor coating:sesame seeds
Preheat oven to 190C. Beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, add egg and vanilla and beat to combine. Stir through baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and half the flour, add orange juice and rind and remaining flour and stir to form a pliable dough. Working with one walnut-sized piece of dough at a time, roll to form a 15cm-long log. Twist to create a circle and pinch ends to seal. Place onto lightly greased oven trays. Brush with eggwash, scatter with sesame seeds and extra sugar and bake until golden (15-20 minutes). Serve warm or at room temperature. Biscuits are best made on day of serving.