Crispy Sweet Dough Dessert

This delightful dessert features crispy fried dough immersed in a sweet, lemon-infused syrup. The combination of cornstarch and semolina flour in the dough ensures a perfectly crispy texture, while the subtle hint of orange zest adds a unique twist. This treat is perfect for those who love a balance of sweetness and texture in their desserts.

Why You’ll Love This: The crispy exterior and soft interior of these fried dough pieces create a delightful contrast in textures. The syrup, enriched with lemon and sugar, adds a luscious sweetness without overpowering. It’s a simple yet indulgent dessert that pairs wonderfully with tea or coffee, making it an excellent choice for gatherings or a special treat at home.


For the Syrup:

  • Water: 1 cup (220g)
  • Granulated sugar: 2 cups (400g)
  • Lemon slice: 1
  • Salt: A pinch

For the Dough:

  • Water: 1 cup (220g)
  • Granulated sugar: 1 tbsp
  • Salt: A pinch (2g)
  • Butter: 2 tbsp (30g)
  • All-purpose flour: 1 cup + 1 tbsp (138g)
  • Cornstarch: 1 tbsp (9g)
  • Semolina flour: 2 tbsp (20g)
  • Orange zest: 1/2 tsp
  • Large egg: 1 (60g)

Neutral oil for frying: 6-8 cups


  1. Prepare the Syrup:
    • Combine sugar, water, salt, and lemon slice in a saucepan.
    • Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10-12 minutes.
    • Let cool to room temperature until thick.
  2. Make the Dough:
    • Mix semolina flour and cornstarch. Set aside.
    • Boil water, sugar, salt, and butter in a saucepan.
    • Add all flour at once, stirring well. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
    • Let cool slightly, then add the semolina mix, egg, and orange zest. Mix until smooth.
    • Transfer into a piping bag with a large star tip.
  3. Fry the Dough:
    • Pour oil into a large saucepan.
    • Pipe 2-inch pieces into cold oil, cutting each with scissors.
    • Heat oil to 350°F without stirring pieces.
    • Fry until golden brown.
  4. Finish the Dessert:
    • Immediately immerse fried dough in cold syrup for 3-5 minutes.
    • Serve with your favorite hot beverage.

Enjoy this crispy, sweet treat that offers a delightful crunch with every bite, complemented by the rich, citrusy syrup. It’s a simple yet elegant dessert that’s sure to impress!

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