Anyone who has ever travelled to Greece will agree that loukoumades (A.K.A Greek doughnuts) are one of their nation's proudest culinary moments. Any if you haven't, you can take our word for it.
The good news is that making them at home is actually pretty easy. “Crispy, hot, sweet doughnut balls coated with honey and dusted with crushed walnuts and cinnamon are just the ideal treat after a Greek feast,” said Dr Catherine Itsiopoulos, author of The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook.
- 2 cups (500 ml) lukewarm water
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons (1 × 7 g sachet) dried yeast
- 3⅓ cups (500 g) plain flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- oil, for deep-frying
- ½ cup (125 ml) honey
- ½ cup crushed walnuts
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ice cream, to serve
- Pour lukewarm water into a large bowl and stir in salt, vinegar,sugar and yeast until sugar and yeast dissolve. Beating constantly at first, slowly add sifted flour and baking powder. Cover bowl and set aside in a warm place for 90 minutes,or until dough doubles in size.
- In a large, heavy-based pan, heat oil for deep-frying. Working in batches, break off small pieces of dough and roll into balls, then slide them gently into hot oil, taking care not to splash yourself, and fry until golden.
- Remove from oil using a slotted metal spoon and drain on kitchen paper while cooking the next batch. When all are cooked, transfer to a large bowl.
- Heat honey in a small saucepan over medium heat until it starts frothing. Remove from heat and pour over the cooked loukoumades. Sprinkle over walnuts, dust with cinnamon and serve with ice cream. Makes about 25.