More on Pristiños - From Ecuador

Mayra over at Bananas. was wondering about Pristiños and I am happy to oblige. =)

Pristiños are the typical Christmas dessert of Ecuador (where I'm from). They are kind of like fried cookies dipped in honey. If made just right they are very flaky and delicious! Hmmm...

Want to try to make some?
Here is the recipe!

3 cups of flour

1 ½ tablespoon of cooking oil
3 egg yolks
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 tablespoons butter
¾ cup of milk
Oil enough for frying
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon spice cloves
3 teaspoons cinnamon
3 cups of water
Grinded peel of 1 lemon
3 panelas, (rapaduras) and if not, 1 cup of honey
{try to do it with rapaduras because with honey the miel just isn't the same!}

Preparation of the dough:
Put the flour in a big bowl, add the oil mixed with the milk and the egg yolks, warmed up, over the flour and start kneading it. Add 1 cup of water (warmed also) with the baking powder in it and a ¼ teaspoon of salt, and add this into the flour mixture also. Knead until you get a dough you can easily handle, then let it stand covered for some fifteen minutes. Once this time passed, cut long strips of the dough and make circles holding both ends firmly together so that they will keep this way, you can add some delicate cuts or marks on top of them. Fry them on very hot oil until they get golden, then put them in a bowl with some kitchen paper towels to absorb the extra oil.

Preparation of the sauce:
Put the two cups of water to boil, add the cinnamon, the spice cloves, the lemon grinded peel, and let this boil for five minutes. Then take the spice cloves out of the water and add the rapaduras, (panelas) or the honey and back to the fire, until this gets reduced to its half. Add the vanilla. Once this is cool, cover the pristiños with this sauce and serve them. Delicious!
{This sauce is kinda like the syrup you put over pancakes but the rapadura makes it much thinner and the lemon peel makes it so yummy!}

If you make them, let me know if you  liked them and take pictures!
I would love to see your creations.
Thanks for stopping by!

::Another yummy dessert from South America are buñuelos from Colombia! Do you know about them? They are so good!!! Wanna hear more? Let me know!::


Zuri said...

Ecuador is one of the most beautiful countries of South America. The weather, the colonial cities and the people are just fantastic. Nothing compares to the landscapes of the Highlands, the lush of the Amazon Rainforest, the exotic Beaches of the Coast and the mystery of the Galapagos Islands.

SoFiA said...

Zuri - thanks for stopping by!