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Tulumba (Albanian Version)

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“This is a fried pastry that is traditionally eaten in the Balkans and some parts of the middle-east most notably Turkey. This version however is an old Albanian recipe and is used in Albanian speaking areas within the republic, Macedonia, southern Serbia, and Northern Greece. ENJOY!”

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  1. SYRUP:
  2. Put the sugar, water and lemon juice into a saucepan, and after melting the sugar by stirring, allow it to boil until moderately thick.
  3. Set aside to cool.
  4. PASTRY:
  5. Heat the margarine in a saucepan, add the water and salt and bring to the boil.
  6. Reduce heat and add the flour at once.
  7. Stir the mixture constantly with a wooden spoon and continue until mixture leaves the sides of the pan and forms a ball.
  8. This should take 6 minutes, then remove pan from heat and set aside to cool.
  9. When cool, add the eggs and knead for approximately 10 minutes.
  10. Using a pastry bag with a large nozzle or a serrated spoon, put 7-8 pastries in a pan containing the heated olive oil.
  11. Start frying the pastry over low heat, increase heat when pastry puffs up a bit and fry until golden.
  12. Remove fried pastry with a perforated spoon, draining away the oil, then put into the syrup.
  13. Strain off the syrup, place tulumba on serving plate and serve when cool.

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