Over at the Dessert of the Month Club, my month was October and I totally blew it, put it off and procrastinated. But here it is, not as finished as I would like it, but darn close.
For my month (ahem, October) I decided to feature a Greek dessert that uses honey: Loukoumades! Most people know these treats from Greek Church Festivals, but if people knew how EASY they are to make at home it might blow their minds! They are commonly referred to as “Greek Donuts” and my parents ate them in the winter rather than summer because they were a quick and warm dessert they could enjoy after a long day in the fields harvesting winter crops. So don’t wait around for the next Greek Festival in Spring! Make them at home tonight!
Λουκουμάδες • Loukoumades
• 1 packet active yeast
• 2 cups flour
• 1 tbsp sugar
• pinch of salt
• 2-3 cups of luke warm water, pour gradually ‘til dough is sticky
Mix all the ingredients together, cover bowl and let it rise until double in size. Heat oil for frying. When the dough is ready, dip spoon in water (so that the dough doesn’t stick to it), scoop up some dough, and then drop the spoonfuls into the hot oil. They will puff up and then turn them over so that they get golden all over. When golden and crispy remove them with a slotted spoon to a papertowel covered plate to drain excess oil.
Heat up some honey (you can mix in some water to make it more runny) and drizzle it over the hot loukoumades. Sprinkle with cinnamon (and/or chopped walnuts, sesame seeds or cloves). Serve immediately!