Diples (pronounced thee-ples) are a traditional sweet that is served at weddings and baptisms but also during the Christmas season.
It is basically a pastry made from dough lightly fried in olive oil and then covered with honey, walnuts and cinnamon. Yes… fried dough with honey, who can resist that? No one.
Before you get worried about calories etc. hear me out. Diples are fried in olive oil (ignore the recipes that tell you to fry them in other vegetable oils), and for this recipe I have made small bow ties rather than the little rolls, that way you have a smaller serving (less calories) and you don’t need that much olive oil, and they are easier to make. These will fry very quickly, they only take about 30 seconds to fry, as long as the dough has been rolled out very thin. I also did not add sugar to the dough, doesn’t really need it since you will be drizzling some honey on them. The traditional recipe calls for making a syrup out of honey and sugar and dipping the diples in it. I just heated the honey a bit and added some walnuts. The result is a wonderfully light and crispy pastry with not too many calories, plus it has been fried in olive oil, avoiding the saturated fats.
Photo by Elena Paravantes