Recipe for Diples – Greek Crispy Fried Dough
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It is said that diples is a dessert that originated in the Peloponnese but these days, you can find it all over Greece and throughout the Greek diaspora. Once the dough strips are fried, they’re dipped in a honey syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon, walnuts, and/or granulated sugar.
Diples Recipe Ingredients:
For the dough:
- 2 large eggs plus 4 egg yokes
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons Greek brandy
- Greek olive oil, for frying
- Ground cinnamon, sugar, walnuts for sprinkling
For the syrup:
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup Greek honey
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons orange or lemon juice
- 1 cinnamon stick
How to Make Diples:
Add the eggs and sugar to the bowl of a paddle mixer and beat on medium to medium-high speed until light and fluffy. This should take around 4-5 minutes. While the eggs and sugar are beating, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk together the butter, orange juice, brandy in a medium bowl until well combined.
With the mixer set on low, add the orange mixture and continue beating until well combined. Slowly add the flour and beat on low until a smooth dough forms. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into four equal pieces and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Place the dough out of the way on the counter for 30 – 60 minutes to let the dough set.
After the dough rests, add three inches worth of olive oil to a deep skillet and heat over medium until the oil is at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. While the oil heats, roll out each ball of dough to 1/16 – inch thick and place on a baking sheet. Cut the dough into strips that are about 8 inches by 2 inches thick and place between sheets of waxed or parchment paper.
Drop each strip into the hot oil one at a time and cook on one side until bubbles form and flip. Cook that sides until bubbles form. Each side should cook for about two minutes. This is optional, but when you first place the dough in the oil, use a heatproof pair of tongs and work the dough into a spiral. Place the dough onto a cooling rack.
To make the syrup, whisk the water, honey, sugar, and orange juice together into a medium saucepan. Add the honey. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. Let the syrup simmer for about ten minutes after it boils. Remove the cinnamon stick. There’s no need to let the syrup cool before dipping each diple in it.
Dip each diple into the syrup and sprinkle with sugar, cinnamon, and/or walnuts just before serving.
This post was written by Greek Boston