Yummy…yummy time for Loukoumades!!! Get your pinny on!!!

It’s St Andrew’s Day in Greece and it’s time to get in the kitchen and get cooking!

Why not try this recipe out and make your very own Greek style doughnuts that are served with a sticky syrup and sprinkled with nuts.

This makes approx 12 (you might want to double it!)

Preparation time needed 20 minutes and cooking time 10 minutes (roughly)

You will need:-

To make the dough

250g/9oz plain flour

1tsb of salt

2tsp of quick dried yeast (or a sachet)

1 tbsp of runny honey

250 ml/9fl oz of hand hot water

Lots of vegetable oil for frying!

Be careful though….as you will need it very hot for this recipe to turn out.

To top the honey balls you will need:

100g/3.5 oz of runny honey

1tbsp of light brown sugar

1/2 a lemon the juice and the zest

1tbsp of butter

1tbsb of water

and optional crushed nuts (pistachios)…

They are best served straight from the pan with a spoonful of Greek yoghurt and cinnamon…delicious!

Preparation method

  1. Sift the flour, salt and yeast into a large mixing bowl. Add the honey and warm water and mix until well combined. Cover with a damp tea towel and set aside to prove in a warm place for 40 minutes.
  2. Fill a deep-fat fryer or a large, deep, heavy-bottomed pan two-thirds full with vegetable oil. Heat the oil to 180C/350F (use a probe thermometer to check the temperature if you’re not using a deep-fat fryer). (CAUTION: Hot oil can be dangerous. Don’t leave unattended)
  3. Carefully drop tablespoons of the mixture into the oil and fry for 3-4 minutes or until crisp and golden-brown. Remove from the hot oil using a slotted spoon and set aside to drain on kitchen paper.
  4. For the sauce, place the honey, sugar, lemon zest and juice, butter and 1 tbsp water in a saucepan and heat until the sugar has dissolved. Add the pistachios and remove the pan from the heat.
  5. Pour the sauce over the Loukoumades and add a dollop of Greek yoghurt. Dust with ground cinnamon.
  6. Enjoy….they are low fat of course!!! (If only!!!)

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