Loukoumades, traditional Greek dougnuts.
Loukoumades are little bite-sized fluffy sweet honey puffs, which are deep fried to golden and crispy perfection. Greek donuts are traditionally served soaked in honey syrup, sprinkled with cinnamon and garnished with chopped walnuts or toasted sesame seeds. These doughnuts I took a little west and coated them in sugar and lavender.
1 cup of lukewarm water
1 cup of lukewarm milk
15 g active dry yeast
3 and 1/4 of a cup flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
4 tbsp olive oil
oil for frying
prepare a bowl of sugar and lavender flower, fresh or dry
To prepare this traditional loukoumades recipe, start by making the dough. In the mixers bowl add the water and yeast. Stir with a fork and wait for 5 minutes, until the yeast dissolves completely. Into the same bowl, add the rest of the ingredients for the dough and whisk at high speed (for about 2 minutes) until the mixture becomes a smooth batter.
Cover the bowl with some plastic wrap and let the dough rest in a warm place for at least 1 hour to rise.
Pour enough oil into a medium sized frying pan to deep fry the doughnut. Heat the oil on high heat until it begins to bubble. Test the oil if it is hot enough by dipping a wooden spoon into it, if it boubling arround the wood the oil is ready. Turn the heat down to medium.
Use a piping bag or your hand to drop the dough into the hot oil, or even spoon the dough in. What ever makes you comfortable.
Repeat this procedure until the surface off the pan is comfortably filled.
During the frying, use a slotted spoon to push them arround in the oil and turn them on all sides, until golden brown. Place the loukoumades on some kitchen paper to drain. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Fry about 4 minutes or until golden.
When done, place the loukoumades in the bowl of prepared lavender sugar.
Fill them with your favorite jam or leave them plain and enjoy:)