Ancient Honey and Sesame Fritters - (Arxaies Tiganites Me Meli K

Total Time
Prep 8 mins
Cook 15 mins

It is amazing how little this recipe has changed after 1800 years. The Roman Physician Galinos (129 – 99 ac) describes this sweet in his book with many details. Source:The Classical Cookbook, Andrew Dalby and Sally Grainger. Excelent source regarding Ancient Greek cuisine

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Start heating the oil.15.
  2. Mix the flour, the water and one spoon of honey and make a dough.
  3. Heat 2 spoons oil in a frying pan and pour ¼ of the mixture.
  4. When it thickens turn it upside down 2 -3 times to fry it in both sides. Prepare 3 more fritters following the given instructions.
  5. Serve them hot, pour over the rest of the honey and dredge sesame seeds over them.


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I probably wouldn't rate this, except that I made it for ZWT4, and well, I want to get credit for effort! lol. I believe it can be good. Brooke the Cook in WI likes it! Zaar told me 4.25 oz of flour and 1 cup water. I judged that at a slightly heaping 1/2 cup of flour which did not give me the "pancake batter" Brooke spoke of in her review. So I added about 1/4 cup more flour. Then I found out I really need some practice making pancakes! lol. (That's a Daddy Job around here.) So, I thought they were kind of all right (kind a weird fried flour-and-water thing) and my 3-year-old gobbled one up! I will research my measurements and try these again. Probably just because "Meli" is honey and "Melissa" is honeybee! lol.

mliss29 June 17, 2008

My my my, this made a yummy sweet treat! I changed the recipe to 1 serving and weighed the ingredients out carefully; when combined it really wasn't a dough - it was much more reminiscent of the consistency of pancake batter. When I poured the thin batter onto the frying pan (I just used cooking spray) it bubbled in less than 1 minute, so I flipped it over a few times and it was done within another minute. I had this finished from start to end in less than 15 minutes. There wasn't a lot of honey for the top, so I did have to spread it around with a knife before sprinkling with sesame seeds - which were quite abundant. I wasn't too sure what to think at that point, so I rolled it up and took a bite... OH YUM! The fritter itself is chewy and dough-like and its just perfect with the sweet honey and toasted sesame seeds. Made for ZWT4.

Brooke the Cook in WI June 16, 2008

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