Taste of CyprusSweetsDaktyla (Ladies Fingers)

Daktyla (Ladies Fingers)

(Serves 10)


1 kg strong plain flour

¾ cup oil

Pinch of salt

A few drops of lemon juice

2 cups water


300g crushed almonds

50g sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp rosewater


1 kg sugar

¾ litre water

Juice of half a lemon

1 cinnamon stick

2-3 cloves

Oil for frying



Sift the flour and rub in the salt and oil. Add water and lemon and knead to make a firm dough. Cover and leave to stand.

Prepare the filling by mixing together all the ingredients.

Roll out the dough into a thin sheet (1-2mm thick) and cut into 8x10cm rectangles.

Put a teaspoon of filling at the wider edge of the rectangle and roll. Press the two ends together with a fork to seal.

Fry in hot oil until golden brown and then drain.

Dip in cold syrup for a few seconds; drain and transfer to a plate.


Courtesy of the CTO

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