Byzantine Honey Fritters Recipe:
- 2 cups (475ml) cow or goat milk
- 1 1/4 cups (225g) fine durum flour
- About a litre of extra virgin Olive oil for frying
- ⅓ cup (100g) Honey
- About a teaspoon of Black pepper
1. Heat the milk in a saucepan over low heat. Let it steam but do not bring it to a simmer. Add in half of the flour and mix until incorporated. Continue to add flour a little at a time until you have a very thick mixture that pulls away from the sides of the saucepan. You may not need all of the flour and you can add more milk if required. Cook for 10-15 minutes total, stirring the entire time. Then remove it from the heat and let it cool for 2 minutes.
2. While still quite warm, dump the mixture onto a plate and spread it out to cover the plate with a uniform thickness. Smooth the top. Let cool completely (you can put it in the refrigerator to chill faster and make it easier to cut).
3. Once cooled, slice the mixture into small, bite sized pieces of any shape.
4. Heat the olive oil in a deep pan until it reaches 350°F/175°C. Then add 6-8 pieces of dough in at a time. Let them fry for 1 minute, then use a spoon to break them up and continue to fry for another minute and a half or until they're golden brown. Remove them and let them drain while you continue to fry the rest of the dough.
5. Once they are all fried, toss them in a bowl with some warm honey and coat them well. Sprinkle with pepper and serve.
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