Sweet As Honey: Authentic Loukoumades Recipe

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Loukoumades are bite-sized Greek donuts dipped in honey syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon. These fluffy golden puffs are a popular dessert or snack enjoyed throughout Greece and beyond. They are surprisingly simple to make and require minimal ingredients, making them a perfect choice for a sweet treat.

Ingredients:

Loukoumades (Greek Donuts with Honey Syrup)
Loukoumades (Greek Donuts with Honey Syrup)

1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm milk
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus extra for frying
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Honey syrup (recipe below)
  • Ground cinnamon, for sprinkling

  • Honey Syrup:

    1 cup water

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 lemon peel

  • Instructions:

    1. Activate the Yeast: In a small bowl, combine the lukewarm milk, sugar, and yeast. Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes, or until it becomes foamy and active.

    2. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.

    3. Wet Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the olive oil, yogurt, and vanilla extract.

    4. Combine Wet and Dry: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients along with the activated yeast mixture. Use a spoon or electric mixer with a dough hook to combine all ingredients into a soft, slightly sticky dough.

    5. Rise Time: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

    6. Prepare the Syrup: While the dough rises, combine the water, sugar, honey, and lemon peel in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and set aside.

    7. Heat the Oil: Pour enough olive oil into a large pot or deep fryer to reach a depth of about 2 inches. Heat the oil over medium heat to 350°F (175°C).

    8. Form the Loukoumades: Using a wet spoon or small cookie scoop, portion the dough into small, bite-sized balls. Gently drop the dough balls into the hot oil, working in batches to avoid overcrowding the pot.

    9. Fry the Loukoumades: Fry the loukoumades for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to remove them from the oil and drain on paper towels to remove excess oil.

    10. Sweeten and Serve: While still warm, toss the loukoumades in the prepared honey syrup. Sprinkle generously with ground cinnamon before serving.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, approximately):

    Calories: 250

  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Sugar: 20g
  • Protein: 3g

  • Conclusion:

    Loukoumades are a delightful treat that is sure to please anyone with a sweet tooth. They are perfect for sharing with friends and family, or simply enjoying on your own. With their simple ingredients and easy preparation, they are a great recipe for home bakers of all skill levels. So next time you’re looking for a delicious and unique dessert option, give loukoumades a try!

    FAQs:

    1. Can I use instant yeast instead of active dry yeast?

    Yes, you can substitute instant yeast in this recipe. Use 1 1/2 teaspoons of instant yeast and follow the same instructions for activating it.

    2. What if I don’t have yogurt?

    You can substitute plain milk for the yogurt in this recipe. The yogurt adds a slight tang, but the loukoumades will still be delicious without it.

    3. How can I store leftover loukoumades?

    Leftover loukoumades can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. They can also be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week, but they may lose some of their crispness.

    4. Can I reheat loukoumades?

    Yes, you can reheat loukoumades by placing them on a baking sheet and warming them in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for a few minutes, or until warmed through.

    5. What other toppings can I use besides cinnamon?