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Loukoumathes: Honey Puffs Made with Yogurt

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Loukoumathes - Loukoumades

Loukoumathes

Photo © N. Gaifyllia, licensed to About.com, Inc.

In Greek: λουκουμάδες, pronounced loo-koo-MAH-thes

This recipe calls for yogurt. Look for thick, strained Greek yogurt at your grocer's or use plain (unflavored) yogurt and strain it using a piece of muslin or a clean white dish towel. (See How to Strain Yogurt)

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup of strained yogurt
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • honey (for drizzling)
  • ground cinnamon
  • finely chopped walnuts

Preparation:

Beat the eggs well and add yogurt. Sift flour with baking powder and add to the eggs and yogurt, stirring with a wooden spoon until the mixture is smooth.

Heat 1-2 inches of oil in a saucepan or deep frying pan to just below the smoke point (medium to medium-high on most stoves). When the oil is hot, drop the batter by the small teaspoonful into the oil and fry until golden on all sides.

    Tip: Keep a small bowl of cold water next to the workspace and dip finger before pushing batter into the oil (to keep batter from sticking).

Drain on paper toweling.

Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with nuts and cinnamon before serving.

(See easy step-by-step directions with photos).

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