Question. What is loukoumathes?
Answer. You can think of loukoumathes as greek donuts. These deep-fried puffs are a tradition in many parts of Greece. They are bathed in sweet honey syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon and walnuts.
Tips, tricks and info on how to make Loukoumathes
With quick rising yeast you don't need to pour the yeast into the water. You may add it directly to the flour instead. For best taste, you may simply use plain honey instead of this syrop. Don't forget to sprinkle some cinnamon on top. For equipment you will need; a pot, a colander, a slotted ladle, and a splatter screen. If you never done loukoumathes before, use a splatter screen, as shown in video. When shaping the loukoumathes by hand, you may use latex gloves if you wish.
Loukoumathes may pop or splatter for various reasons (eg; incorrect recipe or dough consistency), so be prepared at all time to prevent serious burns. Use gloves and a splatter screen and stay as far away from the pot as possible. Have a fire extinguisher on hand for a worst case scenario.
If the heat is too high, or you are using a pot that does not have a thick bottomed layer to prevent hot spots, be prepared for some splattering. If splattering begins, lower the temperature, and use the splatter screen or even better avoid using a pot that does not have a thick bottom.
For more information follow this link for Fire extinguisher guidelines.
- Heat water and heat to 100 to 120 F. Add the sugar and the yeast.
- Mix well and let rest for a few minutes or until foamy on top.
- Add the flour specified in the recipe.
- Add the salt all around and the yeast mixture in the middle.
- Add the remaining water specified in the recipe.
- After adding all ingredients you should have the dough consistency that you see next. If not, add water or flour as needed.
- Cover with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rest for about an hour, at room temperature.
- In a pot, add all the specified ingredients to make the syrup.
- Turn heat on and bring to a light simmer.
- Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes or until a light syropy consistency is reached.
- When done, turn off the heat and set aside.
- Preheat the oil and once hot start making the loukoumathes
- Shape the loukoumathes as shown.
- Fry the loukoumathes at high heat on a small element or medium heat on a large element.
- Look for a nice even light color all around each loukouma. You may remove each loukouma individually when ready.
- Add some syrop or honey and cinnamon to taste.
NOTE: If this Greek recipe is of interest to you, you may watch our video with step by step instructions and precise ingredient amounts.