If you have started the year determined to eat healthily then look away now. When it comes to Greek desserts, the higher the fat content the better.
Loukoumades (pronounce the “d” as a “th”) are a favourite in Greece and Cyprus. These deep-fried dough ball puffs are smothered in honey, cinnamon and nuts, AND sprinkled with sugar.
If you have been on holiday to the mother land you may have seen several dodgy-looking men parading up and down the beach with a trolley, yelling out “Loukoumades for sale!”. After witnessing one guy fall over in the sand while serving these treats we now call them “Sandy Loukoumades”. Hence the title.
In ancient Greece, loukoumades were served to the winners as “honey tokens”. Nowadays they just get a medal.
2 teaspoons (7g) dried yeast
1 cup (250ml) warm milk
2 tablespoons castor sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
60g melted butter
2 cups (300g) plain flour
Oil for deep frying
2/3 cup (160ml) honey
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup (30g) nuts of your choice
What to do:
- Combine the yeast, sugar, milk, egg and butter in large bowl and mix well. Gradually stir in sifted flour and beat until smooth.
- Stand, covered, in a warm place for about 1 1/2 hours or until batter doubles in size and bubbles appear on the surface. Beat batter until smooth.
- Deep-fry level tablespoons of batter in hot oil, turning the puffs to give an even colour. Drain on absorbent paper.
- Heat the honey in a pan until warm. Place the puffs on a serving plate and drizzle with honey, cinnamon, nuts and sugar.
This recipe makes about 26 loukoumades.
Note: Not suitable for freezing or microwave.
- Cinnamon and Honey for Health! (cherokeebillie.wordpress.com)
- Cinnamon & Honey Cures (mariamaria.org)
Featured Loukoumade image from the lovely Krystina Kalapothakos at Kouzounas kitchen – find her recipe on her blog here
Photo Credit: Nestor Z Photography