These gorgeous Spanish treats are just perfect on a lazy afternoon with a cup of coffee, which is exactly how I enjoyed them today. Not all of them but a fair few! The raw dough will freeze though so it’s a great one to have on hand if you’re in need of a quick sugar hit. The flavour is a great blend of sweet and spice which is very agreeable to me as I don’t much like things that are too sweet. That said, I can imagine these would be great dipped into some warm chocolate – I’ve inspired myself to defrost the remaining dough…
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 1/2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons melted butter (unsalted)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground fennel
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon baking powder
vegetable oil (for frying)
caster sugar (for coating)
Beat together the egg and sugar until light and fluffy (about 15 minutes). In a separate bowl combine the flour, cloves, fennel, nutmeg, salt and baking powder. Sieve into the egg mixture then stir to combine. Gather the mix with your hands to form a ball and knead it for 4-5 minutes adding a little flour until it’s not tacky anymore. Don’t add too much flour or the mix will become too dry. Roll to a thickness of about 2cm then cut vertically into strips about 5cm then horizontally in 5cm gaps to form little squares. Gather together the odd shaped bits and redo them to form little squares till you’re happily squared up! Cover and sit for 20 minutes to let the dough settle.
Heat about 3cm of oil in a medium saucepan until hot but not smoking. Drop in a few squares and let them cook till browned, turn over and cook again. Drain on paper towels for a minute then toss into a bowl of caster sugar to coat. Repeat the process for the remaining pillows.
A must with a cup of coffee! Best served the same day, even better just out of the frying pan once it’s cooled slightly.