There are so many wonderful Greek recipes, and my first experience of Greek food was in Crete when I was on holiday, not knowing at the time that I would fall madly in love and marry a handsome Greek with a heart of gold! It was similar to my first loukoumades experience, not that I am comparing the love I have for my husband to a small, delicious fried Greek donut covered in honey and cinnamon, although I am obsessed with cinnamon.
Anyway, my first encounter with loukoumades was at night when we were walking along the beach and we shared some just freshly made. I was taken away by just the smell of the honey and cinnamon, not to mention the crushed walnuts that also intrigued me. My first bit was melt in your mouth with every flavor and sweetness joining together to create a firework display in my mouth. I immediately began to count that there were only 4 left, which meant someone would get 1 more than the other person. As we shared this newly discovered delicacy, I savored each bite. I patiently waited until the end, and then I pretended to be done at which V insisted that I have the last one. Let’s just say that I didn’t put up much of a fight and that is when I knew I found someone pretty dang special!!! The last time I had that enlightenment was in high school and my now best friend Debbie came over to my house for the weekend and I actually shared my un-opened food with her. It sounds ridiculous now, but I used to hide all my favorite foods, mainly from my older brother. So, when I was willing to share something new and untainted, I knew she would be a friend for life!
Okay, back to these little treasures, this is a simple and very basic recipe. It will make about 12-15 small donuts.
Homemade Greek Loukoumades Recipe
250 g. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
3 tsp. dry fast acting yeast
250 ml water
1 tsp. vanilla
Sunflower oil or Canola oil for frying
Combine all ingredient together until well blended and smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and keep in a warm place to rise up to 1 hour, or until double in size and looks frothy/bubbly. If you have a donut dropper, add batter and proceed to drop into hot oil (temperature should be about 360°F). If you are using a spoon to drop donut balls into batter, dip spoon in water each time before dropping batter into hot oil. Cook only until golden, about 30 seconds each side, depending on size.
Serve with warm honey and cinnamon or warm nutella. Skies the limit to what you can top these delicious Greek donuts with: powdered sugar, honey and walnuts, jelly, anything your little heart desires go for it! You can double or triple the recipe if you want to have a loukoumades party or even refrigerate the batter for up to 2 days.
Whether you are Greek or not, you should start a tradition of making these for a special occasion or just because you are special. I promise that your olfactory and gustatory (smell and taste) experience will leave you with very pleasant memories to relive again and again. My mother-in-law is THE best Greek cook that I have met and her loukoumades are out of this world. I still have a lot to learn and many more recipes to try. Thanks for letting me share and I hope you will enjoy these as much as I do :)