I got a request in the comments on the previous post to reprint my zoulbia recipe here for those who hate to link. I happen to hate opening pdf's myself, so I'm happy to oblige. Again, easy and really satisfying. Do it!
This is a yeast-based batter, so allow time for it to rise. If you are working with children, take great care in the frying step, as the hot oil may spatter. You can buy plastic squeeze bottles from restaurant supply stores, or even from stores like Target, but in a pinch, an empty plastic shampoo, dish soap, or ketchup bottle with a narrow opening, thoroughly cleaned, works fine. Leave out the yogurt for a non-dairy version of this dessert.
The batter is very tangy – from the combination of yogurt and baking powder, the latter of which also imparts a distinct saltiness. All of this balances the sweetness of the syrup.
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1 Tbs baking powder
2 Tbs yogurt (optional)
1 package yeast
1 cup water
2 cup sugar
1 Tbs honey
1/4 C rosewater
Vegetable, corn, or canola oil to fry
Mix together batter ingredients. Let sit for 1 hour.
To make syrup, combine first four ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in rosewater.
Fill a large pan with a 1-inch layer of oil. Heat over medium-high heat until a drop of water dropped into the oil sizzles. Fill squeeze bottle with batter. Squeeze out batter into hot oil, creating spirals and free-form designs, but maintaining a generally circular shape. The end result should be lacy and not too heavy, so try to squeeze out enough batter to maintain the zoulbia's structure, but not too much to make a solid mass. Fry for a few minutes, flipping or submerging to fry both sides, until deep golden brown. Using tongs or two forks, carefully remove zoulbia from pan and shake off excess oil. Lower gently into syrup, quickly submerge and remove. Repeat with remaining batter, adding oil as necessary. Cool in a single layer.