Guest Author - Liz Stevenson
or Greek Honey Puffs
Loukoumathes are a Greek tradition, especially on New Year’s Eve. Similar to small doughnuts, they are a sweet, decadent dessert. I think they taste a bit like funnel cakes, but Loukoumathes have a light and airy texture. You do not need any special equipment to make this special dessert, and it can easily be made at home for any meal.
Canola oil or other vegetable oil (for frying)
2 cups all purpose flour
¾ cup milk
4 tablespoons melted butter
4 tablespoons sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
Measure the baking powder and flour into a large bowl. Mix thoroughly with a whisk. Add in the sugar, melted butter, milk, and egg and mix until well combined. Heat 2-3 inches of vegetable oil in a large and deep pan. When oil is ready, drop the dough by tablespoons into the oil and fry until it is golden brown on all sides. Strain and put on paper towels to dab off the extra oil. Arrange on a serving dish or platter and drizzle with honey. Top with walnuts and cinnamon. I also like to add confectioner’s sugar, but please note that this is not traditional. You can add raisins, pecans, or any other topping to make the recipe to your own liking.
A word on honey:
Honey is a natural sweetener that has been used by Greeks and non-Greeks for centuries. Used in desserts, on meats, and even in breakfast dishes, honey is an essential ingredient in Greek cuisine. In fact, in ancient Greece, honey was referred to as "the food of the Gods". Honey was not only used in food, but also for medicinal purposes. From Baklava, Easter cookies, and Loukoumathes to honey glazed Greek bread, having honey on hand will ensure your ability to make many future Greek meals. Look for local honey at your nearby farm market, buy the typical "bear shaped" honey at your grocery store, or become a beekeeper yourself! No matter which way you get it, honey is essential to keep in your pantry.