Loukoumades (Greek Cinnamon Koeksisters)
21st July 2017
Cook time: 15
Prep time: 15
If you like Koeksisters, you’ll love this Mediterranean deliciousness! This sweet is made from deep-fried dough balls, which are soaked in a honey syrup with cinnamon… Sound familiar? They’re koeksisters’ sister recipe!
- 2 (7g) sachets dried active baking yeast
- 250ml warm water
- 125ml warm milk
- 4 tablespoons caster sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 75g unsalted butter, softened
- 3 eggs
- 500g plain flour
- 175g honey
- 125ml water
- 1 litre vegetable oil or as needed
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water in a small bowl. The water should be no more than 40 degrees C. Let stand for 5 minutes until the yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam. In a large bowl, mix the warm milk, sugar and salt and mix to dissolve. Pour the yeast mixture into the milk mixture and stir to combine.
- Beat in the butter, eggs and flour until the mixture forms a smooth, soft dough. Cover the bowl and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 30 minutes. Stir the dough well, cover and let rise 30 more minutes.
- Mix honey and 125ml of water in a saucepan, bring to the boil over medium-high heat. Turn off the heat and let the honey syrup cool.
- Heat oil in a deep-fat fryer or large saucepan to 180 degrees C. Oil should be about 5cm deep.
- Place a large table or soup spoon in a glass of water near the batter. Scoop up about 2 tablespoons of dough per puff with the wet spoon, drop it into the wet palm of your hand and roll it back into the spoon to create a round shape. Do not overhandle the puffy soft dough. Drop the dough balls into the hot oil in batches, wetting the spoon each time you make a dough ball. Fry in the hot oil until golden brown on the bottom and roll them over to cook the other side, 2 to 3 minutes per batch. Gently set the loukoumades aside to drain on kitchen towels.
- Place the loukoumades on a baking tray, drizzle them with honey syrup and sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve warm.
TIP: You can also infuse the cinnamon into the syrup.
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Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com