Fried sugar leaves

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
½ cup Water
⅓ cup Sugar
1 tablespoon Anise seeds, crushed
¼ teaspoon Salt
2 &1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 &1/2 teaspoons baking
Powder
1 Egg
3 tablespoons Butter, cut into pieces
Oil for frying
Powdered sugar

In a medium sized saucepan, add water, sugar, crushed anise seeds and salt, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat and allow to cool. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Using a pastry blender or fork, blend the butter and flour mixture until it has a coarse and pebbly appearance. Make a well in the center of the flour, add the egg and mix well. Slowly pour in the syrup while stirring to form a soft dough. The dough should feel slightly sticky to the touch but not excessively gluey. If the dough is too sticky, add a tablespoon or more of flour.

Cut pieces of the dough and roll them into 2-inch sized balls. On a lightly floured board, roll out each ball to approximately 7 to 8 inches in length and 4 or more inches in width. Use a knife to make 2 lengthwise 4-inch parallel slashes in the center of each sugar leaf.

Be sure to dust the board with flour between rollings to prevent sticking.

Heat oil in a large skillet and fry 1 to 2 sugar leaves at a time, for approximately 30 seconds on each side until lightly browned. Drain onto paper towels. Allow to cool slightly and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve warm.

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