Libyan Cuisine: Sfinz

Libyan Cuisine: Sfinz

August 26, 2017 - 10:48
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

Who can resist a piece of Sfinz dripping with honey before going into the everyday boring routine!

Sfinze is a traditional fried pastry widely adored by Libyans especially in Ramadan at breaking fast time and as breakfast for special occasions.

Pastry is an integral part of Libyan cuisine; it is the recipe that makes of food a filling meal. 

The dough for the Sfinz is pretty classic and straightforward; all you need is flour and a pinch of sugar, yeast, salt and of course water.

Mix all dry ingredients together. Pour in the right quantity of water to get medium smooth dough. Knead and leave until it doubled in size. Turn out and knead again. Form into small balls and place on a greased surface and leave to rest for another ten minutes. Flatten the small balls with your hands on a well-greased surface and don't forget to oil your hands to prevent the dough from sticking. Form a thin layer of pastry and fry into a deep hot oil. Enjoy immediately with honey or if you dare to challenge yourself; try to fill it with an egg by cracking an egg on the pastry while frying in the pan and cover the egg with another small layer of pastry.