Greek Loukoumades(Greek donuts Recipe)
Loukoumades are little bite-sized fluffy sweet Greek version of Donuts, which are deep fried. Greek donuts (loukoumades) are traditionally served soaked in honey Sugar syrup, sprinkled with chopped walnuts, cinnamon powder or pistachios.
They are crispy and golden on the outside and spongy, fluffy airy in the inside. And you cant stop with one, this loukoumades are so addictive, that am sure you will at least eat a dozen for its a perfect companion on your tea time.
All purpose flour 2 cups
Luke warm water 1 cup
Milk 1/2 cup
Instant active yeast 2 teaspoons
Sugar 1 tablespoon
Salt as needed
Oil for frying
Sugar 1 cup
Water 1 cup
Honey 1/4 cup
How to start?
In a bowl add the water, sugar and yeast. Stir with a fork and wait for 5 minutes, until the yeast dissolves completely. In another wide bowl, take 2 cups of all purpose flour, add the yeast mixture and slowly start mixing. Add the salt and milk. Make it into a smooth batter. Cover the bowl with some plastic wrap and let the dough rest in a warm place for at least 1 hour, until dough doubles in size and there are lots of air bubbles visible.
Once the dough is ready, heat up a pan with oil on the stove. Heat the oil to high heat until it begins to bubble. Test if the oil is hot enough by dipping in some of the dough for the loukoumades.
If it sizzles the oil is ready.Once the oil is hot, dip a teaspoon in the oil and then scoop a teaspoon of the dough and gently drop it into hot oil. Give the dough a good stir in between batches.
Alternatively you can also dip a tablespoon in some water and spoon out some of the dough into the hot oil. Repeat this procedure until the surface off the pan is comfortably filled. You should dip the spoon in the water or in oil every time, so that the batter doesn’t stick on it.
Fry about 6 to 10 loukoumades at one time, depending upon the size of your pan. As the dough is very puffy, they have a tendency to float, use a spoon to push them into the oil and turn them on all sides, until golden brown.
Once your loukoumades are golden brown all over, drain them out of the oil and drop them on to the sugar syrup.
Heat water and sugar in a sauce pan along with cinnamon and let it boil for 15 minutes, until the syrup thickens a little.
Take out the cinnamon, pour hot syrup over hot loukoumades.
Garnish with chopped with pistachios and drizzle honey on top.