Gemata, the macaroons of Mytilini
Natural sweeteners and other Greek ingredients make this dessert treat good for you.
6 cups almonds (approx. 1 kg.)
3 cups sugar
½ cup rosewater
a few s of bitter almond extract
30-35 whole cloves
Place the almonds in boiling water for approximately 5 minutes. Remove and peel them completely. Place them in a warm oven for approx. 10 minutes to dry. They should not roast. Let them cool and grind them to a coarse grind in a blender. Combine them with the sugar and the bitter almond extract, pouring slowly the rosewater until the dough becomes firm.
Take small quantities of the paste and form into a shape of a small pear. Let the macaroons sit for a few hours and then roll them in powdered sugar.