Debla (Oudnin el Kadhi or Manicotti) By 196 Flavors

Debla (Oudnin el Kadhi or Manicotti) By 196 Flavors

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Debla (or oudnin el kadhi) is a Tunisian pastry which consists of a thin strip of dough that is fried before being coated with an orange blossom water scented syrup, and sprinkled with sesame seeds or crushed nuts.

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Debla (Oudnin el Kadhi or Manicotti) By 196 Flavors
Yields20 Servings
Prep Time40 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time1 hr

In some regions of Tunisia (Djerba in particular), the strips of dough are cut with a serrated dough cutter for aesthetic reasons. Of course, this complicates the frying stage because it becomes more difficult to obtain very regular deblas. It could sometimes happen that the strip of dough escapes and the “rose” opens up while frying.

Also, the oil should not be too hot when frying the deblas. They must be golden brown but not dark brown.

For the dough
 4 cups flour
 4 eggs lightly beaten
 3 tbsp water
 4 tbsp juice
 2 pinches salt
 4 tbsp orange blossom water (or rose water)
 Vegetable oil (for frying)
 Cornstarch (for the countertop)
For the syrup
 8 oz honey
 2 tbsp orange blossom water (or rose water)
 Juice of a lemon
For the decor
 2 oz sesame seeds (or coarsely ground roasted pistachios)
Equipment
 Pasta machine (optional)

Ingredients

For the dough
 4 cups flour
 4 eggs lightly beaten
 3 tbsp water
 4 tbsp juice
 2 pinches salt
 4 tbsp orange blossom water (or rose water)
 Vegetable oil (for frying)
 Cornstarch (for the countertop)
For the syrup
 8 oz honey
 2 tbsp orange blossom water (or rose water)
 Juice of a lemon
For the decor
 2 oz sesame seeds (or coarsely ground roasted pistachios)
Equipment
 Pasta machine (optional)
Debla (Oudnin el Kadhi or Manicotti) By 196 Flavors

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