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Kypriakes Pishies (Pastries Dipped in Syrup)

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.

Syrup Preparation:

  • 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.

Dough Preparation:

  • 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.

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