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Close-up of Greek ‘Xerotigana’ made from dough and rolled into long, thin strips, folded and fried in oil

Xerotigana

Xerotigana, or diples as they are also called, are a traditional, crunchy and sweet Cretan Lenten dessert which is also served at Cretan weddings and baptisms. Nowadays, they are found all year round in patisseries and bakeries and all over the Aegean islands.

They have the shape of long narrow strips of dough baked in hot oil and then dipped in hot syrup. Placed on a plate, they are sprinkled with honey and cinnamon and garnished with crushed walnuts or sesame seeds or both.

Xerotigana are prepared in five different styles: rounded, bowknot, twisted, fluted and as tidbits, and are packaged in trays and special boxes with particular decorations that can make each of your events special. They keep well in cellophane or pots.

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