• Stella Hanan Cohen

Fried Pastry Puffs with Fragrant Honey Syrup, Nuts, Sesame Seeds & Cinnamon - Piticas


Piticas are crisp, thin, deep-fried pastries, drizzled generously with a warm honey syrup fragrant with orange-blossom water. These Rhodes Island-style Sephardic pastries are then topped with crushed pistachios or almonds, crunchy toasted sesame seeds and dusted with cinnamon.

Piticas make a magnificent dessert stacked high on a platter. They are sensational served on their own or with a scoop of your favourite ice cream and berries.

Pastry puffs are quite easy to make. My 13-year-old grandson, Nico, surprised his family making them for the first time in NYC and proudly sent me a photo. We have, I guess, found another way for my family to connect with such nostalgia through sharing recipes of our favourite foods, while we remain separated continents away during these times....

They are traditionally made for Hanukkah too!

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