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Akanes Lailia of Serres

01.02.2018 in Gastronomy

Akanes Lailia of Serres     When visiting Serres, you’ll want to create a sweet memory – an unforgettable culinary experience called akanes. This traditional sweet treat which looks like a loukoumi, has a unique and intense flavor due to the goat and sheep’s butter used in its production.   The name akanes is said to derive from the Turkish hakan halva which literally means “The halva of the princes”. It was originally produced in Ottoman royal residences for three centuries during the occupation of Greece. After the population exchange in the 1920s, akanes remained a specialty in the region…