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Zlebye is a traditional dessert prepared by Lebanese Christians celebrating the baptism of Jesus by John the baptist, on January 6 of each year. This traditional old “doughnut” is very easy to prepare.

Total servings: 17 donuts (according to the size)

Preparation time: 2 hours


2 ½ cups of flour

2 tbsp. of butter, melted

½ tsp of yeast

½ tsp of baking powder

4 tsp of sugar

2 ½ tbsp. of powder milk

1 cup of warm water

Pinch of powdered anise, mahleb and nutmeg

Vegetable oil for frying

Powder sugar for serving

Preparation steps:

  1. In a bowl, mix all ingredients and leave the dough to rest for 2 hours
  2. Knead the dough gently for a couple of minutes
  3. Cover the bowl with a humid cloth and allow to rest and ferment for 2 hours
  4. When the dough is done, divided it into small pieces
  5. Make palm-sized balls and stretch them to obtain elongated shapes
  6. In a pan, heat the vegetable oil
  7. Fry the donuts and remove from oil when both sides are golden brown
  8. Put the zlebye on a paper towel and sprinkle with powder sugar before serving

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