‘Diples’ is on of the most typical Christmas desserts in Greece together with ‘kourampiedes‘ and ‘melomakarona‘. I found out recently that in some regions like Kalamata, it’s made throughout the whole year and it’s the typical treat in weddings. ‘My mom made 500 dimples for my brother’s wedding!’, told me my friend from Kalamata, Sophia. The number should be totally true (Greeks+weddings=lots of food!) This dessert is just great in its simplicity. Again, like most Greek food. Even though it looks pretty sophisticated and hard to make it really isn’t. It combines basic ingredients to be found in all Greek kitchens. Honey, walnuts, cinnamon, flour. You eat it with your hands, it always helps to maximize delight as one more sense adds in the experience!
- 2 eggs
- 230gr. flour
- 1tsp. baking powder
- 130gr. orange juice
- 130gr. vegetable oil
- 400gr. vegetable oil for frying
- 200gr. honey (more or less as desired)
- ground cinnamon
- ground cloves
- 120gr. walnuts in pieces
- Break you eggs in a bowl, add the juice and oil and slightly mix using your mixer.
- Add the flour and baking powder and knead with your hands till the dough comes together (don’t knead too much). The dough needs to be smooth but not sticky.
- Cover the bowl with the dough and let it rest for 30′ in room temperature.
- Split the dough in 3 balls and open each ball into very thin phyllos. Use your pasta equipment if available.
- Put the frying oil into a pan and warm up in really hot temperature. Cut each phyllo in square pieces of 10cm, fold them very smoothly in your hands to create the rolls and place them in the pan with the hot oil. You continue with the rest dough pieces. Don;t put too many rolls in your pan, they shouldn’t cover each other.
- Fry from all sides until they get a nice golden color and when ready bring them to a plate covered with kitchen paper. Keep them there for some minutes to lose the extra oil and then transfer to a big serving plate.
- Sprinkle with lots of cinnamon and cloves and then add on top the honey and walnuts…
Additional to the honey, for those that can’t get enough of these sweet desserts, you can make some extra syrup to dress them! Analogy: 5tsbsp. honey, 2tbsp. water, some lemon drops. Warm up all ingredients in a small deep pan, leave it boil for 4′ and remove from stove. Ready!