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Extra syrupy Tulumba recipe (Fried dough pastries)

Extra syrupy Tulumba recipe (Fried dough pastries)

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  • Author: Eli K. Giannopoulos
  • Prep Time: 25 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 40 min
  • Yield: 10 portions 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Fried
  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Diet: Vegetarian


A delicious, traditional homemade tulumba recipe for you to recreate these little bites of heaven from scratch! Tulumba pastries are oblong shaped moist sweet pastries, made from golden and crispy deep-fried dough and then soaked in sweet aromatic syrup. Simply irresistible! If you have a sweet tooth this mouthwatering extra syrupy bite-sized tulumba recipe is a must try!



For the dough

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 of a cup vegetable oil or butter
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 420g all-purpose flour (15 oz.)
  • a pinch of salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • vegetable oil for deep frying

For the syrup

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp lemon juice



  1. To prepare this delicious extra syrupy tulumba recipe, start by making the syrup first. In a small pot add all the ingredients for the syrup and bring to the boil. Let the syrup boil for 4-5 minutes, until the sugar was dissolved and the syrup has slightly thickened. Set aside to cool down completely.
  2. Continue by preparing the dough for this tulumba recipe. Pour in a deep saucepan the milk, water, sugar, salt and oil and bring to the boil over medium-high heat. As soon as the mixture boils and the sugar has dissolved, remove the pan from the stove and add all the flour at once. Stir vigorously the mixture with a wooden spoon. Stir hard, until all the flour is incorporated, for about 30-60 seconds. Lower the heat to low and return the pot on the stove. Cook whilst constantly stirring for 30-60 seconds, being careful not to burn the mixture. (What we do here, is trying to get as much water as possible to evaporate out of the mixture.)
  3. Scrape the mixture for the tulumba pasties into a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix at medium speed to cool it. With the mixer running, add the 4 eggs, one at a time, waiting each time for the egg to be absorbed. Stop mixing after each addition to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Mix until the dough is smooth and glossy and the eggs are completely incorporated. The dough should be thick, but should fall slowly and steadily from the beaters when you lift them out of the bowl. Add the vanilla extract and the white vinegar and mix again, until incorporated.
  4. Heat the oil for deep frying the tulumba pastries over medium heat.
  5. Now it’s time to shape the tulumba pastries. For this tulumba recipe you will need a pasty bag fitted with a large 1cm star nozzle. Place the dough for the tulumba pastries in the pastry bag and squeeze 5cm dough pieces, cutting the dough with wet scissors, into the hot oil. Be careful not to overcrowd the surface of the pan.
  6. Fry the tulumba pasties over medium heat, turning them sides and pushing them down into the hot oil, until nicely coloured and cooked through. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on kitchen paper to drain.
  7. Transfer the tulumba pastries in the cold syrup and leave them for 2-3 minutes to absorb the syrup. Remove with a slotted spoon and repeat with the rest of the dough.
  8. Serve the tulumba pastries cold. Enjoy!

Keywords: tulumba recipe, Greek fried dough pastries