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  • Stella Hanan Cohen


I have had many requests for the recipe for Piticas, fried pastry puffs with fragrant honey syrup, nuts, sesame seeds and cinnamon I posted for Hanukkah!

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. Alternatively, simply dust with confectioner’s sugar for an additive and easy to make treat. 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. Enjoy or as we say in Ladino ‘Kome kon gana’.

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