These Greek confections, Diples, are often served for New Year’s, weddings or other celebrations. It is a simple fried dough, drizzled with honey and nuts.

Diples

Diples
 
To serve, arrange side by side on a large serving platter. Drizzle lavishly with honey and sprinkle with cinnamon and nuts.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 48 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 Cups flour; sifted, plus flour as needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Cup butter; melted and cooled
  • high-quality vegetable oil; for deep-frying
  • honey, to taste
  • ground cinnamon, to taste
  • finely chopped walnuts or pistachio; optional
Instructions
  1. Break eggs into a large mixing bowl and beat with a rotary beater or electric beater until very light. Combine the 3 cups flour, baking powder, and salt in a sifter and sift into eggs.
  2. With your hands, work dry ingredients into eggs to make a smooth consistency that does not stick to your fingers. Add flour as needed to eliminate stickiness.
  3. Transfer dough to a lightly floured board. Add butter, a few drops at a time, and knead until dough is smooth (about 10 minutes).
  4. Pull off about a quarter of the dough and cover remaining dough with a tea towel to prevent it from drying out.
  5. With a rolling pin, roll out dough paper-thin.
  6. Cut in 4 by 6-inch rectangles and sprinkle lightly with flour. Cover rectangles and repeat with remaining dough.
  7. In a saucepan pour oil to a depth of about 3 inches and heat oil to 360 degrees.
  8. While oil is heating, pour some honey into a small saucepan and place over very low heat to warm.
  9. Drop rectangles, one at a time, into oil; as each enters the oil, use 2 forks to roll it up quickly into a cylinder. Fry rolls until lightly golden on all sides; remove to paper towels to drain.
Notes
To ensure that the dough cooks properly and does not foam the oil, keep the oil at 325 degrees F, consistently. Drain the pieces on paper towels quickly, and don't allow them to sit in drained oil or they will become greasy.

The addition of 1 Tablespoon sugar and a few drops of Orange Water to the honey makes the honey turn into a soft glaze over the Diples.

 

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