Ingredients for the pastry:
- 6 cups of hard flour
- 1 cup of soft flour
- 1 1/2 cup of water or as much as needed
- 3/4 cup of melted vegetable shortening
- 1/2 a tsp of salt
Ingredients for syrup:
- 4 cups of sugar
- 2 cups of water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2-3 cloves
- 4 tsp of orange blossom water (Anthonero)
- 2 tsp of lemon juice
- Vegetable shortening for glazing
- Corn oil for frying
- Crushed almonds for dressing (optional)
Ingredients presented can make about 55-60 Pishies.
- Using a sauce pan large enough, add all the ingredients for the syrup, boil for about 2-3 minutes stirring occasionally to melt the sugar.
- Towards the end of boiling add the lemon juice, stir and remove from the heat.
- Add the orange blossom water (Anthonero), stir to combine and set aside to cool down completely.
- Place both kinds of flour in a large bowl; add the salt and mix well to combine.
- Make a hole in the middle by pushing the flour away from the center and add the melted vegetable shortening.
- Rub the melted vegetable shortening and flour with your fingers until the mixture is crumbly.
- Gradually add the water and knead into a stiff dough, cover with kitchen towel and set aside for about 15 minutes.
- After of about 15 minutes divide the dough into three equal pieces.
- Roll out each dough piece into a large and thin round Fillo sheet.
- Brush with some melted vegetable shortening and roll up.
- Cut the rolled up Fillo sheet into pieces of about 4 cm thick and having the cut side up press to flatten a little bit with your palm.
- Roll out each piece to about 7 cm in diameter.
- Following the above steps, continue until all the remaining dough has been used.
- Heat up plenty of corn oil in a frying pan and on low heat, fry the Pishies a few at a time, on both sides until golden brown.
- Once the Pishies are fried, dip them into the cold by now syrup, remove and place into a platter.
- Sprinkle with crushed almonds (optional) and serve.
- Pishies is a nice inexpensive treat after a nice meal and they can be eaten hot or cold.