Pischies is a Cypriot traditional fried pastry dessert made with dough on which it is generously brushed with olive oil, cinnamon and sugar and after shaping them they are fried in olive oil and then bathed in syrup.
These pastries are very easy to make and very tasty.
You can make the dough from scratch but we usually make pischies when we have leftover dough and of course we have leftover syrup, after preparing daktyla or anything else made from dough.
The result if a very different but very simple but delicious pastry!
How to make Pischies
Prepare the dough.
It is then brushed it with olive oil and some sugar and cinnamon are sprinkled on top.
The phyllo is then made into a roll and cut into pieces, 4 – 5 cm long. The cut side faces up and it is rolled again into a thin dough.
We then fry them in vegetable oil or olive oil. (My mother used to fry them in peanut oil but in Greece I prefer to use a mild olive oil, which adds an amazing taste).
When fried, this makes lots of layers of phyllo with cinnamon and sugar in between.
After frying them, we can either bathe them in the syrup, which is the traditional way, or we can serve them with honey, petimezi (concentrated grape syrup), left over syrup from spoon sweets or any other syrup you like.
You can also toast some almonds, crush them and mix them with sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle some on top.
- Leftover dough*
- Olive Oil
- More olive oil or vegetable oil to fry them
- Honey or syrup to drizzle on top
- Roasted almond, crushed to serve ton op (optional)
- Roll out the phyllo as thin as possible. See How to make Homemade Phyllo by hand or on a Pasta Maker.
- Add olive oil, sugar and cinnamon.
- Spread it with a brush or with your fingers.
- Make sure it covers the whole surface of the phyllo.
- Make it into a roll.
- Cut it in pieces about 4 - 5 cm / 2 inches long.
- Turn the cut piece, circles to face down and press it with your hand.
- Using the rolling pin and thin it up to about ½ cm.
- Heat some olive oil in a non-stick frying pan.
- Fry on one side until golden and then turn it over until golden.
- Drizzle some Greek honey on top and toasted almonds and enjoy!
If rolling them on a pasta maker, make three pieces of phyllo about 35 cm long and join them to make a rectangle.
For a piece of dough, the size of a tennis ball, which will be rolled as thin as possible, you will need 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 2 tbsp sugar.
Amount Per Serving Calories 200
Kopiaste and Kali Orexi!