Question. What is Thiples?
Answer. Thiples is a Greek dessert. It is made of thin dough. The dough is cut into thin strips and fried in hot oil. It is dipped in syrup and spices and walnuts are sprinkled on top.
Tips and tricks and info on how to make Thiples
- The mixing of all the ingredients takes about 10 minutes.
- Start mixing the eggs for a few minutes.
- Add the cognac.
- Take some of the flour and mix it with the baking powder.
- Add the flour/baking powder mixture to the eggs.
- Allow to mix for a few minutes.
- Add gradually the remaining flour.
- Cover dough with plastic wrap.
- If you wish to make thiples right away, allow dough to rest for 1/2 hour in the fridge.
- Cut dough into smaller pieces.
- Next we will manipulate the dough to bring it to desired thickness.
- Once we have the desired thickness, cut the dough in long strips, shown next.
- Place all strips in a platter, as shown here.
- Preheat the oil on medium-high heat, but, while frying maintain a fairly low heat. If the heat is too high you will have to work much faster when rolling each strip of dough, shown next.
- Pierce the strip of dough on one side, using a fork, and slowly place in oil.
- Use a second fork to keep the strip of dough straight.
- If you see bubbles (on the dough after it has been fried) as shown here, the dough consistency is exactly right.
- For the thiples to be crispy, store them at room temperature, covered, (but not air tight) using aluminum foil for a day or two, prior to dipping them in syrop. Do not do this on hot summer nights, because there are eggs in the recipe.
- Bring syrop to a boil and allow to simmer for a few minutes.
- Turn off the heat and add one tablespoon of lemon juice.
- Dip each roll in the syrop. The longer you leave it in the syrop, the more syrup it will absorb, the sweeter it will be.
- While hot, sprinke some walnuts.
- Sprinkle some cinnamon to taste.