Dezi and Penny’s Loukoumades

Team Greece were victorious in Channel 7’s Plate of Origin final. To celebrate, here is one of our favourite team recipes.

6

25m

Note: + cooling, standing & 45 mins rising time

45m

Ingredients

  • 1 tbs (2 sachets/14g) dried yeast
  • 225ml warm water
  • 500g plain flour
  • 225ml warm milk
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) honey
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • Vegetable oil, to deep-fry
  • Toasted sesame seeds, to serve
  • Chopped walnuts, to serve
  • Ground cinnamon, to serve
  • Vanilla bean ice cream, to serve

Syrup

  • 400g caster sugar
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 tbs honey

Method

STEP 1

To make the syrup, place sugar, lemon, honey and 2 cups (500ml) water in a saucepan. Bring to the boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 mins or until the syrup thickens slightly. Set aside to cool completely.

STEP 2

Combine the yeast and water in a large bowl. Set aside for 5 mins or until the mixture is frothy.

STEP 3

Add the flour, milk, honey and salt to the bowl. Use an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook to beat on medium speed for 5 mins or until the dough is smooth and elastic. Transfer the dough to a greased bowl and cover with a clean tea towel. Set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 45 mins or until the dough doubles in size.

STEP 4

Add enough oil to a large saucepan to come 6cm up the side of the pan. Heat to 180°C over medium-high heat (when the oil is ready, a cube of bread turns golden brown in 15 secs). Working in batches, carefully add spoonfuls of the dough to the oil. Cook for 3 mins or until golden. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. (For extra crunch, repeat the process to deep-fry the loukoumades twice.)

STEP 5

Quickly dip the loukoumades in the syrup to coat. Place on serving plates. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, walnut and cinnamon. Serve with the ice cream.

 

 

Dietary information

Vegetarian
Egg-free
Peanut-free
Soy-free

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