This is such a fun post for me because I adore diples. What are diples you ask?
Diples or thiples come from the Peloponnese region of Greece. My father has a huge appreciation for these yummy Greek pastries. Diples in Greek means “fold.” These Greek fried pastries are typically rolled out very thin, and shaped into a curly spiral shape. But today I wanted to share a healthier way of making diples and using the bow tie shape method. I hope you enjoy these as much as we do. 🙂
Side Note: Please keep in mind that diples are made using various techniques depending on what region you are from in Greece.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of orange liqueur
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
Pinch of sea salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla flavoring
Honey for drizzling
In a large bowl mix the flour, baking powder, and salt together.
In another bowl mix together the egg, liqueur, lemon juice, warm water, and vanilla flavoring. Whisk to combine all together.
Add the flour mixture to the liquid mixture and fold to combine. If you find the dough being too dry, you can add a little bit of warm water to the mixture.
Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until the dough is soft.
Place dough in plastic wrap and set aside for 20 minutes.
On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough until it is about 1/4 of an inch. This is key so the pastry will puff up while in the hot oil.
Cut the dough into 18 rectangles. About 2 inches by 4 inches in size. I like to shape my diples into bow ties, this way you have a bigger batch of diples. (See photo for example.)
Place olive oil over medium heat in a large pan. Place 5 bow ties into the hot oil, frying until each side is golden brown. Remove with slotted spoon, and place onto a plate lined with paper towels.
To serve- Drizzle honey over the top of the fried dough, along with cinnamon and walnuts.