Λουκουμάδες (loo-koo-ma-des)- Honey Dumplings aka Greek Donuts
Lokma (Turkish), loukoumádes (Greek: λουκουμάδες)
The famous Greek sweet, which is basically balls of dough that are deep fried until golden then drizzled with honey and sprinkled with cinnamon. These delicious mouthfuls are impossible to resist.
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How to make them
- Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm water.
- Put it along with the remaining dough ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix well until a smooth batter is obtained.
- Cover and let the batter rise in a warm place until it is approximately three times larger, (1-2 hours).
- Heat the oil for frying in a saucepan on the stove until very hot.
- Dip a teaspoon into oil to coat and spoon out some dough into the hot oil.
- Repeat until there are enough fritters to comfortably fill the surface area of the saucepan, without overcrowding.
- Dip the spoon in oil, every time the dough starts to stick on it.
- Fry in very hot oil until golden brown, pushing them into the oil with a slotted spoon and transfer to a serving dish lined with paper towels for them to drain.
- Keep making more fritters (loukoumades aka honey dumplings) in this way.
- When done, put them on a large platter and pour hot honey syrup over them and lightly sprinkle with some cinnamon.
- Sprinkle them with chopped walnuts and sesame seeds.
- Serve immediately.
- To make the honey syrup simply heat honey and water in a small saucepan and skim off any froth that may form on top.
- Boil for 5 minutes together and pour over the dumplings.
Ingredients (Amazon links included)
2 cups lukewarm water
1 cup lukewarm milk
2 packages of dry yeast
4 cups flour (adjust until a thick batter consistency is reached)
1 tablespoon of sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon of salt
2 tablespoons oil (Greeks always prefer olive oil)
oil (for frying)