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Greek and Cypriot recipes

Thaktila (Lady’s Fingers)

  • Thaktila is a strictly Cypriot dessert that whoever tried it went back for more.
  • Thaktila recipe has being in every Cypriot house preserved for generations and past on from mother to daughter.
  • You can have it in your list of favorite desserts for making it for your friends and family.

Dough ingredients:

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tbsp of salt
  • 1/2 a cup of corn oil
  • 2 egg yolks

Syrup ingredients:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 a cup of honey
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 cloves

Filling ingredients:

  • 1 cup of crushed almonds
  • 1/4 a cup of crushed walnuts
  • 1/2 a tsp of cinnamon powder
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
  • 2 egg whites

For garnishment:

  • 1/2 a cup of crushed roasted almonds
Thaktila (Lady’s Fingers)

Thaktila (Lady’s Fingers)


  • Place in a bowl the flour and salt and mix.
  • Add the oil and again mix well.
  • Add the egg yolks and water and knead until the dough becomes thick.
  • Cover the dough with a kitchen towel and let it sit for about an hour.
  • Place all the filling ingredients in another bowl and mix well until the mix is nice and thick.
  • As the dough is getting ready for use you can prepare the syrup.
  • Place all the ingredients in a sauce pan and in low heat, prepare the syrup until it thickens slightly.
  • By this time your dough is ready for use.
  • Knead again for a few minutes and divide it in several pieces according to the space you have to roll it out.
  • Roll out the dough in thin sheets and cut in rectangular pieces about 4×3 inches.
  • In each cut piece place in the center 1 tsp of the already prepared filling.
  • Fold over length wise and with a fork press the ends for the dough to join.
  • After you have used all the mix you prepared, fry Thaktila in plenty of oil until they get golden brown and place on paper towel to drain the oil.
  • Before Thaktila get cold, dip them in the ready mixed syrup and strain again the excess.
  • Place them in a platter and sprinkle them with the crushed roasted almonds.
  • If any dough is left, fry it, dip it in the remaining syrup and enjoy.

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