I’m learning to cook …LOUKOUMADES!


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(Very simple, quick and easy to make, suitable for any occasion : from name day celebrations to weddings; also available in some kafeneia in mountain villages of Ikaria in the evenings of summer.)

DOUGH
3 cups of bread flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 envelope active dry yeast
1 to 1 1/2 cups warm water

SYRUP
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup honey

Vegetable oil, for frying
Ground cinnamon

1. To prepare dough : In a medium-size bowl, sift together flour and salt to make a well in the center. Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water and add to flour. Stir with a wooden spoon until a thick batter forms, adding a little more water, if necessary. This should not be a dough, but a thick batter that falls off the tip of the spoon. Cover and let rise for 2 hours, until doubled in bulk.

2. To prepare syrup : About 30 minutes before frying loukoumades, combine water, sugar, and honey in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

3. In a large heavy pot, heat 4 to 5 inches of oil to 360-365 F. Take 1 heaping teaspoon of the dough at a time and push it into the hot oil with another teaspoon. The loukoumades will expand and puff up and rise to the surface of the oil. Remove with a slotted spoon when light golden brown in color. Drain on paper towels and douse, while still warm, with syrup. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve warm as a snack.

Yield: 2 to 3 dozen

(This is Diane Kochilas’ Panhellenic Loukoumades recipe. But …hehehe… there is a much simpler & faster version… Find out about it on your own. Dough explosions in hot oil are to be expected, so I don’t take the responsibility to tell you -hehehe)

bon appétit
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Loukoumades for wedding meal, eeh? I hope you didn’t make them the fast way. They become too spongy and give a stomach ache.
I’m trying to joke but I can’t. When is the last post in this blog? All of a sudden I got nervous.

Monday November 20, 2006 – 10:24pm (EET) Remove Comment

Ditto dat brudda😦 …

Tuesday November 21, 2006 – 06:45am (PST) Remove Comment

Hi buds! It’s me Nana. I’ve taken over and everything will be just fine, round or square as you like it.
Eleni is «brooding». She says hello.

Wednesday November 22, 2006 – 12:43pm (EET) Remove Comment

I like it triangular and rotating Nana, like a hologram. Anyway, she knows our thoughts are sizzling through the atmosphere and round the planet.

Wednesday November 22, 2006 – 06:32am (PST)



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