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The Hungry Nomad: Loukoumades (Honey Puffs)

June 10, 2011

Loukoumades (Honey Puffs)

Loukoumades, one of my favourite Greek pastries, are sweet fritters (similar to doughnuts) that are deep fried till golden brown and served warm with a honey syrup, sprinkled with cinnamon and nuts. Just be prepared to get deliciously messy when eating these purely yummy puffs.

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 kilo flour
2 teaspoons yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
oil for frying
SYRUP:
2 teacups honey
1 teacup sugar
stick of cinnamon
2 teacups water



METHOD:
1. Dissolve the yeast in lukewarm water.
2. Put the flour and the salt in a bowl and gradually add the dissolved yeast mixing by hand.
3. Gradually add some lukewarm water until you have a paste that is neither too fluid nor too thick.
4. Cover the bowl with a towel and let it stand in warm water for about an hour.
5. When the batter doubles in size and forms "bubbles", heat plenty of oil in a pot, until it is scalding hot.
6. Drop teaspoonfuls of the batter into the hot oil and allow the loukoumades to turn golden brown.
7. Remove the loukoumades (honey puffs) from the oil with a slotted spoon and place them onto a plate.
8. In the meantime prepare the syrup : in a pot boil the honey, the sugar , the water and the cinnamon stick for about 10 minutes.
9. Pour the syrup over the loukoumades and sprinkle with cinnamon.
10. Serve hot

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2 Comments:

At June 10, 2011 , Blogger nathaliedelakim said...

Thanks for the recipe! There's a great place on the Danforth in Toronto (Athens Pastries) where my mom and I go to get these;) Going to have to try making them!

 
At June 13, 2011 , Blogger Kim said...

For those in Athens: the best loukoumades in town are to be found at Agaion in the centre (Panepistimiou street 46), a little traditional shop, where you can either sit down or take a box of their syropy goodness to go!

 

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