Czech listy (Sweet fried dough biscuits)

    1 hour

    Listy (pronounced 'liss-tay') is a traditional Czech Christmas 'biscuit', a thin fried sweet dough shaped like a triangle, drenched in icing sugar. Being very light and puffy, listy makes a wonderful accompaniament to coffee or tea.

    6 people made this

    Serves: 24 

    • 3 egg yolks
    • 2 tablespoons whipping cream
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 200g plain flour
    • 2 tablespoons icing sugar
    • 950ml rapeseed oil for deep frying

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Mix together egg yolks, cream, salt, sugar and butter. Gradually stir in flour until dough becomes stiff enough to roll out. Roll out paper thin and cut into triangles.
    2. Put enough oil in a pot to cover biscuit. Heat oil until a small amount of dough placed in oil begins to fry. Deep fry each biscuit in hot oil until light brown; remove from oil and drain excess oil on kitchen paper. Sprinkle with icing sugar.

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    My grandmother (babka) made these, but called them "Milosty" (pronounced Meel-o-stee). She would wrap the dough in waxed paper and then refrigerate for several hours before rolling. Once rolled thin, she would cut the dough into strips instead of triangles, then fry 3 strips together in lard (not canola oil) to make interesting shapes. I love the powdered sugar on top! A big hit at family gatherings. These are seriously good!!  -  09 Sep 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This recipe is unique. We have really enjoyed it.  -  03 Sep 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    My Slovak Grandmother (Babichko) would make these....she called it "Bozi Milosti" or Liszti for short. Delicious...nothing lost in the translation!  -  03 Feb 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)