Loukoumades (Greek Honey Dumplings)

Recipe by evelynathens
READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
SERVES: 10
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 2
    cups lukewarm water
  • 1
    cup lukewarm milk
  • 2
    packages dry yeast
  • 4
    cups flour (or enough until a thick, pancake-like batter consistency is reached)
  • 1
    tablespoon sugar
  • 12
    teaspoon salt
  • 2
    tablespoons oil
  • oil (for frying)
  • Garnish
  • 1
    cup honey (Greek thyme honey is best, and authentic)
  • 14
    cup water
  • finely chopped walnuts (optional)
  • sesame seeds, toasted (optional)
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DIRECTIONS

  • 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 its previous bulk, (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 loukoumades in very hot oil until golden brown, pushing them into the oil with a slotted spoon and transfer to a serving dish lined with kitchen paper for them to drain.
  • Keep making more fritters in this way.
  • When done, put them on a large platter and pour hot honey syrup over them and lightly dust with cinnamon.
  • Sprinkle them with chopped walnuts and sesame seeds.
  • Serve immediately.
  • To make honey syrup.
  • 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 fritters.
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