Prestiños (Pestiños)
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
40 mins
Rest Time
4 hrs
Total Time
1 hr 40 mins
Prestiños are traditional Costa Rican confectioneries, consisting of a thin, fried dough and tapa de dulce (panela) syrup.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Costa Rican, Latin American, Vegetarian
Servings: 12 prestiños
Author: Nisha Ramesh
For the prestiños
  • cup flour , sifted
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • Water (at room temperature)
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)
For the syrup
  • lb panela (tapa de dulce), broken into pieces
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ¾ cup water
  1. In a large bowl, mix the flour and the salt.
  2. Dig a well in the center and break the egg.
  3. Mix and add water gradually. Add enough water to form a smooth and homogeneous dough.
  4. Divide the dough into 12 pieces and form balls with them.
  5. Place the balls of dough on a tray lined with parchment paper, cover them, and put the tray in the fridge for 4 hours.
  6. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and, using your hands, stretch it finely to form the prestiños. They must be round and about 6 inches in diameter. You can moisten your hands with ice water to help stretch the dough.

  7. Heat vegetable oil in a pan.
  8. Deep fry the prestiños over medium heat on both sides. The dough should form small blisters and get a slightly golden color.
  9. Drain on paper towels.
  1. In a saucepan, add the water, tapa de dulce and salt.
  2. Cook over medium heat until the tapa de dulce has completely melted and has formed a syrup.
  3. Serve the prestiños with the syrup drizzled on top.