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Glyko tou Koutaliou (spoon sweet) is Greece’s traditional homemade fruit preserve that is served after a meal or with coffee.

It can be stored for months in sterilised jars, which means you always have a delicious homemade treat on hand.

You can make it using quince, pear, lemons, and other fruit. Here we share my mum’s grape sweet spoon recipe, which tastes amazing on its own or you may prefer to pair it with a dollop of vanilla bean ice cream, yoghurt, or flaked almonds.


1 kilo seedless grapes (red or white)

500 grams white sugar

1/2 cup of water

1/2 lemon, juiced

2 x leaves of Arbaroriza (lemon geranium)


-Remove grapes from the stem and wash thoroughly. Dry and set aside.

-Place sugar and water in a large pot over high heat and bring to a full boil (about 10 minutes).

-Add your grapes and allow to simmer. Add Arbaroriza leaves and reduce heat to medium and cook for about an hour, uncovered. Stir occasionally.

-After about an hour, when the syrup has thickened, add the lemon juice and stir. Cook for another few minutes.

-Allow to completely cool.

-Spoon into sterilised jars with airtight lids and store in a cool place.

Insights Greece - Recipe for Grape Spoon Sweet

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