Kroštule are a traditional pastry from Dalmatia and Istria, and are typically made for celebrations or special occasions. The dough is often shaped into knots and then deep fried, and then finished off with a sprinkling of icing sugar(confectioners sugar).
My mum would always make these on a special occasion such as Christmas, and I always remember the aroma of the lightly deep fried pastry, wafting through the house, what a treat… her mum had brought the family recipe from Croatia where they had immigrated from.
- 3 Tbsp. butter(melted)
- 3 Tbsp. caster sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tsp. lemon zest
- 1 Tbsp. Brandy (or orange juice)
- 2 1/2 – 3 cups of flour
- Stir together butter, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, lemon zest and brandy until well blended.
- Add sufficient flour to create a firm dough and turn out onto a floured surface and knead.
- Cover and chill dough for 1 hour.
- Roll out dough until thin, then cut into strips and tie into a loose knot.
- Fill a saucepan with oil and heat on stove till hot, then place the Kroštule and deep fry until golden.
- Once Kroštule is cool, dust with icing sugar.