1 3/4 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

2 Tablespoons sugar

pinch salt

3 large eggs

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled


2 teaspoons grated lemon rind

1/3 cup coarsely chopped pistachios

2 cups shortening for frying

Honey Tips

Honey Flavors and Colors

Honey has different flavors and colors, depending on the location and kinds of flowers the bees visit. Climatic conditions of the area also influence its flavor and color.


Preheat oven to 350°. In a medium bowl combine flour, nutmeg, sugar and salt. In a separate bowl, lightly beat eggs with vanilla and butter. Make a well in the middle of the flour and stir in egg mixture (dough will be sticky). Knead on a lightly floured board until dough is smooth. Divide into 8 pieces and roll into ½" ropes. Cut into ½" lengths and place on lightly oiled wax paper. Heat shortening in a large pan to 350°. Fry dough in several batches until golden, about 3-4 minutes per batch. Remove with slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Meanwhile, heat honey in a small saucepan with the grated lemon rind. When all the dough has been fried, place in a medium bowl and pour honey over it. Using hands, shape into a wreath on serving dish. Decorate with ribbon and silver almonds or chopped pistachios. Cover with plastic wrap and store in a dry, cool place. Can be made several days in advance. Serves 8.