"Thiples are a traditional pastry made for festive occasions such as weddings, christenings, birthdays, name days and so on," says Tsaples. "They're light, crunchy and deliciously sweet. Thiples aren't traditionally made in Thessaly, where my parents come from, and I learned how to make them through my mother-in-law, Anastasia, who comes from Kalamata."
Note We found that you can also roll the pastry squares into cylinders before lowering them into the hot oil. Hold them loosely with tongs to keep them rolled for the first few minutes of cooking, which might be easier for beginners. This recipe is from Sweet Greek: Simple Food & Sumptuous Feasts ($39.95), published by Melbourne Books, and has been edited.