GREEK HONEY DONUTS – LOUKOUMADES – Lukaimat
We searched to bring you another sweet honey-drizzled treat for our Wednesday recipe, and this 6:44-minute video by MyFavouriteFoods with TV chef and cookbook author Christine Cushing is the finest traditional Greek Honey Donut recipe we've found. These sweet honey puffs are dripping in honey.
Christine shares her tips for success, so the process is easy for you. For instance, she uses all-purpose flour, not cake flour which is too soft, or bread flour which is too hard. She talks about the challenges of working with yeast, why she uses salt to temper the yeast slightly, and so many more wise tips.
Watch the video and follow along with Christine as you make your own batch:
LOUKOUMADES makes 8-10 Servings
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. ground allspice (1 ml)
1/2 tsp. salt (3 ml)
1/2 package of instant yeast (1 tsp.)
¼ cup warm water
1 Tbsp. sugar (15 ml)
1/2 cup buttermilk (125 ml)
1/2 tsp. vanilla (2.5 ml)
About 1 cup olive oil, vegetable or peanut for frying (250 ml)
½ cup Greek honey (125ml)
Juice of ½ lemon (optional)
Ground cinnamon for serving
In the bowl of an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, combine the dry ingredients and blend. In a small bowl stir together the warm water, yeast and 1 Tbsp. sugar, then let it stand for five minutes, until foamy. Combine the egg with the buttermilk and the vanilla in another bowl and stir until blended. Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and blend it all on low speed until all flour has been incorporated. Batter will be loose and sticky.
Cover with plastic and let rest until doubled in size, about 1 ½ hours.
Preheat oil for frying to 185C in a small heavy skillet. Oil should be about 3/4” to 1" deep for frying.
Using 2 tablespoons, scoop a spoonful of batter and use a second spoon to release it into hot oil, keeping oil at the same temperature. Fry about 8 balls at a time, for 1 minute on each side or until evenly browned. Remove them immediately with a slotted spoon to a paper towel lined platter.
While the donuts are still warm, drizzle them with quality honey and a dusting of cinnamon.
Christine's recipe is sweet and simple but luscious enough for Greek gods. Be forewarned, these can be addictive. If you enjoy her presentation, go check out her YouTube channel, subscribe, and give her a like.
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