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Total Time:
1 hour
Serves: 6
Nutrition facts:

1570 calories, 9 grams fat

Category: Festive Recipe
Technique: Deep-Fry Recipe
Difficulty: Hard

A pestino is a pastry that is popular in parts of Spain and south America during Christmas week. It is a piece of deep fried dough that is glazed with honey or sugar.

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  • 2.5 cups - plain flour
  • 2 tbsp - butter
  • 3/4 cup - sunflower oil
  • 3 tbsp - orange juice
  • 1/4 cup - water
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1/2 tsp - cinnamon powder
  • For the syrup:
  • 1/2 cup - honey
  • 1/4 cup - water
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp - rose water
  • For Chilli Chocolate Sauce: ( Optional)
  • 50 gms - dark chocolate
  • 2 tsp - butter
  • 1/4 tsp - chilli flakes
  • Oil - 4 tbsp

How to Make Pestinos

  • Heat 3/4 cup of oil in a pan, add the zest of 1 orange, and heat it for 2 minutes.
  • Switch off the flame, let the oil cool down completely to room temperature.
  • In a saucepan add butter, orange juice and 1/4 cup of water. When the butter has melted add the cinnamon, stir well.
  • Now add the flour all at once and then immediately add the oil, take it off from the flame.
  • Stir vigorously until it forms a smooth dough. Cover the dough and let it rest for 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile make the syrup. Boil the honey , lemon zest and water for 5 minutes stirring continuously until it reaches a syrupy consistency.
  • Finally add rosewater and switch off the flame.
  • To make the chocolate chilli sauce, heat the chocolate in a bowl placed on top a sauce pan simmering with water.
  • When the chocolate has melted, add the butter and chilli flakes mix well.
  • Take the bowl away from the saucepan and let it cool down.
  • Now start preparing the pastry. Dust the work surface with flour, roll out the pastry into a square, cut it into small 5 cm square. Turn the square like a diamond shape, join the two ends and seal it with water.
  • Repeat with the remaining dough. Heat the oil in a pan, fry 2 to 3 pieces at a time until they turn golden brown in colour. Drizzle with the syrup, dust with icing sugar. If you are preparing chocolate sauce, drizzle some on top.
  • Serve warm or cold.
  • Recipe Courtesy: Taste of Pearl City