Diples (Thiples) (Honey Rolls) Greek Dessert

Diples are a wonderful Greek dessert to make on special occasions. The dough is rolled into long, thin strips, fried in hot oil and then dipped in syrup. It is best to prepare and fry the dough a couple of days before you add the syrup. Frying the diples takes a bit of practice, but once you become more experienced you might try frying the diples in fancy shapes.

For the dough
12 egg yolks
6 egg whites
1/3 cup of sugar
1 tablespoon of ouzo
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 heaping teaspoon of baking powder
1/3 cup of milk
1 tablespoon of vanilla
7 cups of all-purpose flour
Vegetable oil for frying (about 2-3 cups)

For the syrup
1 8-ounce glass of sugar
2 cups of water
1 cup of honey
Half an orange or lemon
2 sticks of cinnamon
A pinch of cloves
1 tablespoon of lemon juice

For the garnish
A handful of walnuts (finely grounded)
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
1 tablespoon of sugar

Using an electric blender beat the egg yolks and egg whites together. Add the sugar, ouzo, lemon juice, and milk. As you continue to blend the ingredients, add the baking powder (be sure to mix it with some flour), vanilla, and slowly add the rest of the flour. Once you have finished adding the flour, you will need to knead the dough with your hands. Once you finished kneading the dough, allow it to rest in the bowl for about 10 minutes.

Fill a deep-frying pan with 2 inches of oil and set on the stove at a low heat.

Sprinkle flour on your countertop and roll the dough into 2 inch balls. Flatten the balls and run each strip through your pasta maker until they form long, thin strips. As you continue to shape the dough, cover the strips with a slightly damp cloth in order to prevent the dough from drying out.

Once you have prepared the flatten strips of dough, you can begin to fry the diples. Drops the strips into the hot oil – one at a time – turn immediately using two forks, and roll into a cylinder. Remove from the oil when golden and drain on paper towels and cool.

To make the syrup you need to mix the sugar, water, and honey together in a medium size saucepan. Add half a lemon (or orange), about 5-6 cloves, and 2 cinnamon sticks and bring it to a boil. Let it boil for about 15-20 minutes. To see if the syrup is ready you can test it by placing a small drop of the syrup on your stove-top and feel it with your finger. If it has a nice body to it, it’s ready. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to help it stay nice and smooth after it cools down.

Please note that in this video Eva uses pre-prepared syrup. If you would like to view Eva making the syrup, please watch the baklava video. The same syrup that is used to make the baklava is used for the diples.

Combine the finely grounded walnuts, sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl.

Dip each honey roll in the hot syrup. Place the diples on a plate and sprinkle with the walnut mixture.

Enjoy!

Swiss Chard and Black Eyed Beans

Here is another wonderful vegetarian dish that uses only a few simple and healthy ingredients. Both Swiss chard and black eyed beans are rich in nutrients and very high in fiber. In Greece, this dish is usually eaten as the main meal, but it also makes a great side dish.

About 1½ cup of black eyed beans
Half a bunch of Swiss chard
1 medium onion chopped
1/3 cup of olive oil
1 cup of tomato juice
Pinch of hot pepper flakes (optional)
Salt and pepper

Wash and strain the black eyed beans and place them in a pot of boiling water for about 5 to 10 minutes (the time really depends on the beans; some beans need longer than others).

Chop the Swiss chard into small cubes. Wash and strain the Swiss chard and place the leaves in a separate pot of boiling water for about 3-4 minutes.

Once the Swiss chard had finished blanching, remove the leaves from the heat and strain the water. Do the same with the black eyed beans.

In a medium sized pot, place the oil and onions. Over a medium heat setting, sauté the onions for about 2-3 minutes. Add the beans to the pot and stir for a few minutes. Add a dash of salt and pepper and, if you like a little extra kick, add a pinch of hot pepper flakes. After about 2 minutes, add the Swiss chard and stir. Add the tomato juice and 2 cups of water and stir well. Once the water has begun to boil, cover the pot with the lid and lower the heat. At a low heat setting, allow the beans and Swiss chard to simmer for about 45 minutes to one hour (while stirring periodically). The beans need to cook until all the liquid has been absorbed.

Makes 4 servings.

Kulfi (Qulfi) Flavoured Frozen Indian Ice Cream

Kulfi is a type of frozen Indian dessert similar to ice cream. It comes in many different flavours such as, mango, pistachio and rose. In this recipe we are going to keep it simple and just use a combination of ground almond, cardamom and saffron to provide flavour.

Ingredients – Half Quantity (Full Quantity)

  • 185mL 1/2 can (370mL 1 can) Evaporated Milk
  • 75mL 1/4 can (150mL 1/2 can) Condensed Milk
  • 500mL 1/2 tub (1L 1 tub) Whipped Cream Cool Whip
  • 2 tbsp (4 tbsp) Ground Almond
  • 1 tsp (2 tsp) Ground Cardamom
  • 1 tsp (2 tsp) Sugar
  • 1 tsp (2 tsp) Saffron
  • Handful sliced almonds
  • Handful sliced pistachios

Directions

Saffron Powder

Using a mortar and pestle we want to combine the sugar and saffron and grind them together.

  1. Combine some of the sugar and saffron in the mortar.
  2. Using the pestle, grind until and sugar and saffron have become one powder.
  3. Repeat until you have gotten through all the sugar and saffron.

Kulfi Mixture

  1. Combine evaporated milk, condensed milk and whipped cream in a bowl and blend until no lumps remain, using a hand blender.
  2. Add the ground almond, ground cardamom and saffron powder into the mixture.
    Mix thoroughly.
  3. Pour the mixture into a tray or individual serving cups. Garnish with the sliced almond and pistachio.
  4. Put into the freezer to freeze. Freezing time is about 5-6 hours.

** Half Quanity makes about 7-8 servings
** Full Quantity makes about 14-15 servings

Chicken Avgolemono (Egg-Lemon) Soup

This is another classic Greek dish which has been handed down from generation to generation. It is made with fresh and healthy ingredients, and it is the perfect meal to serve on a cold winter’s night. There are different variations of Avgolemono soup, but in this video Irene shows us how to prepare it with rice and chicken.

To prepare the base:

4 quarter chicken legs
2 medium potatoes cut into quarter pieces
1 cup chopped carrots
2 medium onions
2-4 stalks of celery
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of salt
1 tablespoon of vegetable seasoning (Irene uses Vegeta)
1 cup of rice

To prepare the Avgolemono

2 eggs, separated
The juice of 2 lemons

Boil the chicken in a large pot filled with water. After about 10 minutes of boiling the chicken, remove any film that develops at the water surface. Add the coarsely chopped vegetables, olive oil, salt, and seasoning to the soup. Allow to boil for another 20 minutes.

Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside. Add 1 cup of rice to the soup (be sure to wash the rice thoroughly before you add it). Add 1 cup of warm water and allow the rice to cook for 20 minutes.

Tear the chicken into small pieces and remove the bones. Add the meat to the soup and stir well. After about 2 minutes turn off the heat and allow the soup to cool slightly.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs whites until fluffy. Add the yolks and continue to whisk the eggs. Add the juice of 2 lemons and mix well. To add the avgolemono to the soup, first add a small portion of the soup into the egg mixture and then slowly add the entire mixture to the soup.

Garnish with fresh pepper and lemon.

Enjoy!