Sweeten Up Your Day With SBS’s Loukoumades Recipe

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Loukoumades are bite-sized Greek donuts traditionally enjoyed for breakfast or dessert. These fluffy puffs are incredibly versatile and can be dressed up with various toppings like honey, cinnamon, and nuts. They’re perfect for satisfying a sweet craving or sharing with friends and family. Let’s dive into the simple recipe for making loukoumades at home!

Ingredients:

Greek honey balls (loukoumades)
Greek honey balls (loukoumades)

1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup lukewarm milk (about 105°F)
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Honey for drizzling (optional)
  • Ground cinnamon for sprinkling (optional)
  • Chopped walnuts or pistachios for sprinkling (optional)

  • Instructions:

    1. Activate the Yeast: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together the lukewarm milk and melted butter. Pour the wet ingredients into the well of the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

    2. Let the Dough Rise: Beat in the egg and vanilla extract until the dough becomes smooth and elastic. This may take a few minutes. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm place for about an hour, or until doubled in size.

    3. Heat the Oil: While the dough rises, heat enough vegetable oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat to reach 350°F (175°C).

    4. Fry the Loukoumades: Using a tablespoon or a small cookie scoop, portion the dough into bite-sized balls. Gently drop the dough balls into the hot oil, working in batches to avoid overcrowding the pot. Fry the loukoumades for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown.

    5. Drain and Serve: Transfer the fried loukoumades to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil. While still warm, drizzle with honey, sprinkle with ground cinnamon and chopped nuts (optional). Enjoy immediately!

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, approximately):

    Calories: 200

  • Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 30mg
  • Sodium: 120mg
  • Carbohydrates: 28g
  • Sugar: 15g
  • Protein: 3g

  • Note: These are approximate nutrition facts and may vary depending on the ingredients used.

    Conclusion

    Loukoumades are a delightful treat that’s easy to prepare at home. With their fluffy texture and customizable toppings, they offer endless possibilities for exploration. So next time you’re looking for a delicious and crowd-pleasing dessert, give this Greek donut recipe a try!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I use a different type of milk?

    Yes, you can substitute lukewarm water or plant-based milk for the cow’s milk in this recipe. However, the texture and flavor of the loukoumades may vary slightly.

    2. How can I tell if the oil is hot enough?

    Drop a small piece of dough into the hot oil. If it sizzles and floats to the surface immediately, the oil is ready for frying.

    3. What happens if my loukoumades are too brown?

    The oil might be too hot. Reduce the heat slightly and adjust the cooking time for subsequent batches.

    4. Can I make the loukoumades ahead of time?

    The dough can be prepared and refrigerated overnight. However, it’s best to enjoy the loukoumades fresh out of the fryer for optimal texture.

    5. What are some alternative toppings for loukoumades?

    You can experiment with various toppings like chocolate sauce, Nutella, powdered sugar, fresh fruit, or even a dollop of whipped cream.