A Christmas in Dubrovnik without “Prikle” just isn’t Christmas. The easiest way to describe this sweet festive treat in English would be as a doughnut ball, it’s pretty much the same recipe you use to make a doughnut just in a ball shape.
Many of the festive stands along the Stradun and around the Old City sell this sweet balls, and they range from 15 to 20 Kunas for a pot full of them. You also get a choice of sweet toppings, from chocolate to cherry sauce, although many people prefer them just with icing sugar.
They are served hot, piping hot, and you are also given a wooden stick to “stab” them and eat them. The aroma as they are cooking is tempting, and they are normally made freshly in front of you. But you don’t have to come to Dubrovnik to enjoy this delicacy, here is the simple recipe to make your own Prikle!
Ingredients for 4 people
1 kg flour
20 g yeast
30 ml brandy-brandy or rum
40 g sugar
25 g vanilla sugar
Orange and lemon peel
0.8 liters of oil
- Dissolve the yeast with a little lukewarm water, add a little sugar and part of the flour, knead and leave the warm to rise.
- In a separate bowl put the sifted flour and make a hollow and in that place add the risen yeast. Mix all theses together and add a little salted lukewarm water. In the dough add the brandy, lemon zest and orange and cleaned raisins. Cover the dough and leave it for a while in a warm place
- In pan heat the oil
- Using a large table spoon scoop out the dough in ball shapes and place it in the hot oil. Fry them on both sides until they get rosy color. Remove them and drain the oil
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar