Prepare the syrup in advance. Put sugar and water into a pan and bring to the boil, stirring all the time. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Leave to cool.Put the water, butter, salt and sugar in a pan and bring to boil.Add the flour all at once, stirring vigorously, until the mixture becomes smooth and leaves the sides of the pan. Cook 5 minutes and let it cool for 10 minutes.Beat in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.Do not be hasty in adding and incorporating the eggs. The dough will be very soft and sticky and will look smooth and glossy.Knead the dough 10 minutes.Oil palms of hands. Pinch off walnut size pieces of dough and roll each piece into ball. Press to flatten slightly about 5 cm, and then with finger, indent middle of dough ball to make a hole. Put the sunflower oil in a frying pan and place the lady’s navels in cold oil.Fry until golden brown on both sides. Remove, drain on kitchen paper and drop them into the cold syrup for 10-15 minutes.Repeat with remaining dough pieces, letting oil cool before cooking each batch. Serve cold with clotted cream or crushed pistachios.VARIATIONS: Vizier's Fingers - Proceed as with Lady's Navel, but shape dough into finger-sized rolls.  Beauty's Lips - Proceed as for Lady's Navel but shape dough by pinching off large walnut-size pieces of dough. Flatten and fold each in two to form "lips."

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