- 2 Pkg Active Dry Yeast
- 1 Cup Water
- 1/2 Cup Milk
- 1/4 Cup Sugar
- 1 Tsp Salt
- 1/3 Cup of Melted Butter
- 4 Cups of Flour
- 3 Eggs
Well I’ve certainly been a slacker lately haven’t I? I’m back at it now after a summer full of adventures and busy times! Today I’ve brought you a treat I used to enjoy when I was living on the Danforth in Toronto. The Danforth is known as Greek town and there are constant festivals with tons of delicious treats to try ESPECIALLY in the summer!
I was very lucky this year to get to attend a Greek Feast for my friends birthday on a beautiful lake even though I live in Nova Scotia now! This amazing party was hosted by the ever talented chef Jay who previously graced us with the seafood perfection known as Walk-The-Plank Kebabs you can see here. The setting was perfect on a lake with a pier, outside (you all know how i love outside parties!) on a warm summers night, with torches and a bonfire. What could be better?
Well my part in this was to make the Tzatziki for the lamb which i’ve posted previously here, AND these delicious treats LOUKOUMADES! I’ve studied a lot of history and have even began courses towards archaeology so I’m a HUGE fan of the ancients. You’ll only really realize what a treat Loukoumades are when you know the history of them. Have you heard of a little thing called the OLYMPICS? Well Loukoumades were a special treat that were originally exclusively served to the winner of the Greek Olympics. These were the original GOLD MEDALS! So hopefully everyone at that party realized that in addition to being awesome people, you are also now all OLYMPIANS! 😉
1) Measure out and set aside your water and milk early. You want these warms before you do anything to them at all. In fact start with boiling water and then let it cool to just above room temperature if you’re a real keener!
2) In a large bowl pour the warm water, then sprinkle the 2 packages of yeast on top of it. Don’t mix that shit! Let it sit about five minutes the yeast should be foamy.
3) In the same large bowl mix in the milk, sugar, and salt in well with the yeast mixture.
4) Beat in the butter, eggs, and flour until the mixture is smooth and soft. Let that sit covered with a moist towel for about about 35 minutes.
5) Mix and beat the shit out of that dough again for a few minutes, then cover it again and let it rest another 30 minutes. What lazy dough!
6) Heat at least 2 inches of canola oil (or equivalent) in your deep fryer or high rim pot to deep frying temperature (a little under is ok too if in doubt).
7) Keep a bowl of water nearby and wet your hands and a large spoon so you can portion out the dough bit by bit and form into balls before dropping them 5 at a time into the oil. Alternately if you get impatient like I do you can just tear off chunks of dough (about 2 tbsp at a time) and drop them in the oil. This is fucking time consuming.
8) Fry until golden then remove from oil and dab dry with paper towel.
9) Cover the whole lot in as much honey as you can afford (this is meant to be decadent!) and sprinkle with Saigon Cinnamon or regular cinnamon if you don’t have that. Best if served warm!
10) Feed to your fellow Olympians or Gods!