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Honey-Glazed Pestiños Recipe

One of my favorite Spanish sweets, these honey-soaked pestiños are worth a try. David shows us how with this simple Spanish recipe.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Spanish
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 25 servings
Calories: 233.7kcal
Author: David Pope


  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 3/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups of sunflower oil
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1/2 teaspoon anise seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 6 tablespoons sweet white wine
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • splash of water


  • First, infuse the olive oil by placing it in a skillet with the orange zest and warming over a low heat. After 10 minutes, remove from heat, add the sesame and anise seeds, and let cool to room temperature.
  • Sieve the oil into a bowl, and reserve it for later. Using a mortar and pestle, crush the sesame and anise seeds to a paste.
  • Combine the flour, cinnamon, and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the sieved oil and the sweet wine, and knead to form a dough. Add the seed paste and mix thoroughly. Continue kneading for 15 minutes, and form a bowl. Leave, covered with a damp cloth, for an hour.
  • In a frying pan, heat the sunflower oil over a high heat.
  • To make the fritters, take a teaspoon of dough and roll it into a very thin, long oblong. Take the two long sides and stick them together to make a cylinder shape.
  • Fry the fritters, three or four at a time, for 2-3 minutes or until golden. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel to drain. Repeat with the remaining fritters, reheating the oil to high heat before frying each batch.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the honey, lemon juice, and the splash of water over a medium heat. Stir until combined, and once heated, bathe the fritters one by one and put on a plate to serve.


Calories: 233.7kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.42g | Protein: 1.08g | Fat: 19.71g | Saturated Fat: 2.21g | Sodium: 2.36mg | Potassium: 16.78mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 5.65g | Vitamin C: 0.27mg | Calcium: 2.69mg | Iron: 0.56mg
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