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Greek donuts drenched in spiced honey style syrup, covered in crushed nuts. These are a cinch to put together and fry up in no time. Give this recipe a go and try my vegan honey for a totally animal-free dessert.
LOUKOUMADES (Greek Donuts)
2 cups flour
1 packet yeast (7g or 2 teaspoons)
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup warm water + 3/4 cup tap water
Oil for frying
Place oven on a super low heat (30-35 degrees celsius)
Mix 1/2 cup warm water, sugar and yeast and set aside for 10 minutes (allow to foam up!)
Add in flour, salt and additional water, mix well. The consistency should be quite runny and sticky. Cover this mixture in cling wrap and place in oven (feel free to turn it off now) for at least one hour to rise.
Once risen, bring enough oil for a deep fry (or shallow fry if need be) to a bubble in a large pot.
Here's where it can get messy. In small batches, use a metal spoon to scoop out the dough mixture and use your finger to quickly slide the dough from the spoon into the oil. Aiming for the most fluid motion you can, whilst not dropping the loukoumade batter from too high into the oil (be brave! Get close!) will be the determining factor in how round your donuts will come out. The slower you move in this part will contribute to blobby bits (which still taste amazing, but just don't look as nice).
Allow to fry for 1-2 minutes whilst sloshing them around occasionally in the oil. They will cook very fast so keep a keen eye on them. Once they have an even golden coating, fish out the loukoumades and let drain on a paper towel. Coat in honey syrup (see tips) and crushed pistachios - serve warm!
See here for my vegan honey recipe. If you'd like to make this into a spiced syrup, it's as simple as bringing a couple of generous globs of honey to simmer with a dash of water, and equal dash of sugar. Add in either a cinnamon stick, the zest of a lemon or orange, cloves or a pinch of cardamom. Or add a little of all! Allow to simmer for about 5 minutes without stirring and this will be good to go. I'm not posting exact ratios for this syrup as it's wonderfully forgiving and you should have a bit of fun with personalising this. You're also totally fine to just pour the vegan honey on top without making it into a spiced syrup.