Loukoumades // Greek Donuts

September 10, 2015

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OK, this has unintentionally turned into international dessert week or something. Are you OK with this?

Tuesday was Swedish Cinnamon Buns and today I have these lovely Loukoumades! And you should see what I have for you next week.

What are Loukoumades, you ask? Well, first of, you need to know some Greeks call them Loukoumathes. You also need to know they are crispy balls of fried dough that are covered in honey, walnuts and cinnamon.

As I write this I realised I accidentally left out the cinnamon and now I want to scream.

As if crispy fried dough wasn’t enough to love, but oh there is. I just love how these are made. The sticky dough {which resembles a super thick batter} is gathered up into the hand, squeezed until some pops out which is when it is scooped by a spoon and fried. Love.

I used the recipe from Dr Catherine Itsiopoulous’ new book The Mediterranian Diet Cookbook which was sent to me by Pan Macmillian Australia and they turned out exactly how loukoumades should be: crisp outside and fluffy inside. This is one for bookmarking, friends.

As a side note there is a greek donut recipe in a diet cookbook- can we appreciate this for a moment people?

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Loukoumades // Greek Donuts
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  1. 2 cups (500 ml) lukewarm water
  2. ½ tsp salt
  3. 1 tbsp white vinegar
  4. ½ tsp sugar
  5. 2 teaspoons (7 g) dried yeast
  6. 3⅓ cups (500 g) plain flour
  7. ½ teaspoon baking powder
  8. oil, for deep frying
  9. ½ cup (125 ml) honey
  10. ½ cup crushed walnuts
  11. ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Pour lukewarm water into a large bowl and stir in salt, vinegar, sugar and yeast until sugar and yeast dissolve.
  2. Beating constantly slowly add sifted flour and baking powder and beat until a thick batter forms.
  3. Cover bowl and set aside in a warm place for 90 minutes, or until dough doubles in size.
  4. In a large, heavy-based pan, heat oil to 180 degrees Celscius.
  5. Gather the dough in your hand, squeeze to form and ball and scoop off the dough with a spoon. Place in the hot oil and fry until golden.
  6. Remove from oil using a slotted metal spoon and drain on kitchen paper.
  7. Heat honey in a small saucepan over medium heat until it starts frothing. Remove from heat and pour over the cooked loukoumades.
  8. Sprinkle over walnuts, dust with cinnamon and serve with ice cream.
  1. I chilled my dough after rising and it worked really well.
Adapted from The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook
Adapted from The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook
erin made this
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The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook by Dr Catherine Itsiopoulous is published by Pan Macmillan Australia and is sold for $34.99. Thanks so much for the book!

17 thoughts on “Loukoumades // Greek Donuts

  1. Claudia Brick

    YUM! We had similar mini donuts to this in Turkey, with the honey sauce and dust of cinnamon on top – SO good, and now I have a recipe to try to recreate it, thank you!! and I always do that …have this plan of what I want in something, take the photos and realise I have forgotten a component – maybe I need to start a list before I photograph! X


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