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Diples Recipe: A Greek Christmas Pastry

Diples is one of the most delicious Christmas sweets ideas. This diples recipe comes straight from the historical and widely beautiful Mani. For those who don’t know, Mani is the central peninsula which extends southwards from Peloponnese in southern Greece and forms a continuation of the Taygetos mountain range.


Diples is a Greek dessert that is popular in southern Peloponnese during Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. In addition to that, in Mani, maniates (this is the name of the local people) serve diples at their weddings. As an original maniatis, I treated my wedding guests with diples and amigdalota as well!

Diples are made of thin sheet-like dough. The dough is rolled into long, thin strips, fried, folded in hot oil and then dipped in syrup. Traditionally, warm honey is used in place of syrup, and diples are sprinkled with chopped nuts and cinnamon. Diples can be made in different shapes, of which the most common are bow ties and spirals.

This diples recipe takes around 1 hour to prepare and around 50 minutes to cook. The ingredients are for 35-40 pieces.

Diples Recipe – Ingredients

For the Syrup

  • 350 g of water
  • 500 g of sugar
  • 150 g of glucose syrup
  • 250 g of honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 lemon peel

For the Dough 

  • 150 g of water
  • 21o g of eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of rose water
  • 1/2 of orange zest
  • 1/2 of lemon zest
  • 1 vanilla extract
  • 700 g of flour
  • 8 g of baking powder
  • Greek olive oil

For the Topping

  • Extra honey
  • Crushed walnuts
  • Cinnamon

Diples Recipe – Instructions

  1. Start this authentic diples recipe by taking a pot and placing all syrup ingredients except honey and bring to boil.
  2. Remove from heat and add honey while stirring. Allow syrup to cool down at room temperature and remove the cinnamon stick.
  3. Place all dough ingredients in the mixer. Mix until dough becomes elastic (around 5-10 minutes). Cover bowl and allow it to rest for around 45 minutes.
  4. Take a rolling pin and roll out the dough into a thin sheet. Cut into rectangular pieces (approx. 12×25 cm).
  5. Take a deep frying pan. Add oil and heat it until shimmering but not smoking hot.
  6. Place a cut dough sheet in the hot oil. Using two large cooking forks, turn the dough sheet on the other side and quickly wrap it as a roll. Keep it in oil until it gets a nice golden color. Remove from oil and place on some kitchen paper to drain.
  7. Repeat the same process with the remaining dough.
  8. Warm the syrup and dip each dipla into it.
  9. Garnish with chopped walnuts and cinnamon.

The Greek name of diples is δίπλες and dipla is the word for one single piece. I hope you enjoy this diples recipe!  Check out my blog for more Greek dessert recipes.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everybody!

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