Greek Loukoumades are typically small honey puffs or the Greek equivalent of doughnuts. This is a deep-fried sweet dough dish. Loukoumades are made in the form of spheres which are then rolled in honey, cinnamon, or powdered sugar. Though popular in Greek and Rome, the term ‘loukouma’ borrowed from the Turkish word lokma, which means ‘mouthful’. Greek loukoumades are not very difficult to make, and you can even make them at home.
Here is a Greek Loukoumades recipe: –
Ingredients for Loukoumades recipe:
For Loukoumades dough:
● two cups of all-purpose flour
● ½ a cup of lukewarm almond milk
● 1 tbsp sugar
● 240 ml of lukewarm water
● 1 small sachet of instant yeast (approx. 7g)
● A pinch of salt
● 1 tbsp of oil + (more for frying purposes)
Garnish and syrup:
● About 120 ml maple syrup or sugar syrup
● 1 orange
● A small piece of cinnamon
● a handful of finely chopped walnuts, pistachios or other nuts
Method for loukoumades recipe:
- Begin by making the dough for this traditional greek loukoumades recipe. Then gently add water and yeast to your mixing bowl. Stir with a fork for 5 minutes or until the yeast has fully dissolved. Add the remaining dough ingredients to the same bowl and whip on high speed (for around 2 minutes) until the mixture become a smooth batter.
- Pour ample oil into a medium frying pan to deep fry the loukoumades. Keep the oil on high heat until it begins to bubble. Put a small piece of the loukoumades dough into the hot oil to see if it’s hot enough. You know the oil is ready when the small piece of dough is sizzling in the pan.
- Dip a tablespoon in water and drop a spoonful of the dough into the hot oil. Repeat this process until the pan’s surface is comfortably filled. You should regularly dip the spoon in water to prevent the batter from sticking to it.
- Fry approximately 4 loukoumades at a time. Since the dough is very puffy/airy, they appear to float, so make sure you rotate them now and then to ensure they are cooked uniformly. It would be a good idea to use to slotted spoon to drive the greek loukoumades into the hot oil while frying as it helps them get a nice golden brown colour on all sides. Drain the Greek loukoumades on a piece of kitchen paper. Repeat for the remaining dough.
- Pour hot syrup over the loukoumades and top with finely chopped pistachios and optional orange zest. Serve right away.
- For the Loukoumades syrup, in a shallow saucepan, combine maple syrup, 50 ml orange juice, and cinnamon. Get the mixture to a boil, then reduce to low heat for 10-15 minutes, or until the syrup thickens slightly. Remove the cinnamon stick and spill the sweet syrup over the hot Loukoumades. Loukoumades are better eaten directly after they are prepared.
We top our loukoumades with warmed sugar, cinnamon, and sometimes crushed walnuts. Sesame seeds and ground pistachios are two other options for toppings.
Loukoumades are eaten with caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, or maple syrup in more recent versions. If you want to turn this into a spiced syrup, just add a couple of generous globs of butter, a splash of water, and an equivalent dash of sugar to a boil.
Add a cinnamon stick, lemon or orange zest, cloves, or a touch of cardamom. You can, of course, add a few more spices that appeal to your taste buds! Allow to boil for about 5 minutes without stirring, and you’re done.
Alternatively, replace the honey with chocolate syrup if you’re in the mood for a chocolatey taste. All you need to do is to mix water and sugar in a pan until the combination simmers. Be sure to stir constantly while allowing this combo to simmer for 1-2 minutes or until the sugar has dissolved. Whisk in the chopped chocolate until it has melted and the mixture is smooth.
G Licious is one of the best restaurants, serving authentic Greek Loukoumades and other Greek desserts in Melbourne. Their family-run restaurant is among the city’s best Greek restaurants that serve tasty and genuine Greek cuisine.
Their authentic loukoumades store is located on Bay Street in Port Melbourne and serves a variety of creamy and rich Greek desserts.