Diples Recipe: Traditional Christmas Greek Pastry With Honey

 Diples or Thiples is a Greek dessert made from a thin sheet of dough that is dipped in syrup. This pastry is similar to the angel wings dessert; however, diples are served with syrup instead.

Diples are made from dough that’s easy to prepare but quite challenging to fry. Apart from being a popular Christmas pastry, Greeks offer them during various occasions, such as weddings and baptisms. This is one of the desserts that I offered to my wedding guests. My mother and our neighbors in our country house gathered before my wedding and made hundreds of them! No need to mention that it was every guests' favorite dessert. Offering diples as a wedding dessert is a tradition that originates from Mani. 

Diples requires the following ingredients: all-purpose flour, baking powder, eggs,  Ouzo, vegetable oil, Greek honey, water, lemon juice, crushed walnuts, and cinnamon powder.

This traditional diples recipe gives around 75 pieces. It takes 1 h 35 mins to prepare and 45 mins to fry.

Diples recipe 

Diples - Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup Ouzo
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)

 For the syrup and garnish:

  •  1 cup Greek honey
  •  ½ cup water
  •  1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  •  crushed walnuts
  •  cinnamon powder

Diples - How to Make

  1. Start this diples recipe by taking a bowl and mixing the flour and baking powder with a large fork. 
  2. Form a small hole in the middle of the mix with the help of your fingers. 
  3. Crack in the eggs, and continue mixing by hand. Now slowly pour in the Ouzo, while continuing to mix. 
  4. Knead the dough until you get a homogeneous dough. 
  5. Cover with a damp tea towel, and set aside for 1 hour, allowing the dough to set.
  6. Take a large frying pan, and preheat the vegetable oil on high heat, careful not to burn the oil.
  7. Form a baseball-sized lump of dough with your hands, cover with a dash of flour, and with the help of a wooden rolling pin roll out each part of the dough into thin rectangle sheets.
  8. Lower the frying oil heat to medium heat, and drop only one dough square into the oil; fry a square at a time! 
  9. With two large forks, tap the square to fully submerge it into the oil. 
  10. “Fold” over 2 to 3 times to form a rolled carpet shape and until lightly golden—about 3 to 5 seconds per square. 
  11. Remove the fried pastry from the oil, and place it on a paper towel-lined baking sheet to eliminate excess oil. 
  12. Repeat the frying process with the remaining rectangle dough sheets.
  13. In a saucepan, combine the honey, water, and lemon juice. 
  14. Heat and stir for a few minutes. 
  15. Drizzle the syrup mixture over the diples, and sprinkle with crushed walnuts and cinnamon. 
You can store the diples in an airtight container. Enjoy!