Diples : taste the delicious Greek Christmas rolls

Diples or Thiples is a Greek dessert from the Peloponnese, made of thin sheet-like dough. They are essentially the same as angel wings, except that they are dipped in syrup rather than served dry. The dough is rolled into long, thin strips, fried and folded in hot oil and then dipped in a sugar or honey syrup. In case you are not familiar with them, Diples get their name from the Greek word for “fold.” They are thin sheets of dough that are folded while being fried into a crispy package that is drizzled with honey and dusted with cinnamon and ground walnuts. This recipe has been adapted from the cookbook of the Ladies Philoptochos Society of Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Elgin, Illinois.

Ingredients

  • egg yolks
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 tbsp. butter (melted and cooled)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp. brandy
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups flour (all-purpose)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 inches of vegetable oil (or shortening for frying)
  • For the Syrup:
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 tsp. water
  • Garnish: cinnamon (ground)
  • 1/2 cup ground walnuts

Steps to Make It

  • Gather the ingredients.
  • Sift the flour with the baking powder into a bowl and set aside.
  • Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat the egg yolks and whole egg on high speed until the eggs are thick and smooth and the color is light yellow – about 4 to 5 minutes.

  • Combine the melted butter, orange juice, and brandy. With the mixer running, add to the egg mixture until incorporated. Read more...