recipe: Niki Merkouri
For the loukoumades
18oz kilo all purpose flour
1 sachet dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
17oz of lukewarm water plus the juice of one orange
Light vegetable oil oil for frying
For the syrup
12oz of honey Greek honey
1 cup black sugar
1 cup water
1 cinnamon stick
First prepare the syrup... Put all the ingredients in a pan to boil for about 10 minutes and keep warm.
* Mix the flour, yeast, salt, sugar, and add the warm water into a batter, the batter must not be too thick; cover with clean kitchen towel and allow it to rise in a warm place for half an hour or until about double the size.
* Heat the oil, take a tablespoon dip it in lukewarm water, squeeze the batter through your free hand take a scoop and drop carefully into the oil, wet the spoon again and repeat...
Make you sure that you give an all-round golden color to the loukoumades before you remove them from the oil with a slotted spoon
*Dip the loukoumades in the warm syrup, and place them in a platter, sprinkle with ground walnuts or roasted sesame seeds and serve warm.