Loukoumathes: Fritters with Honey and Cinnamon

Recipe courtesy Cat Cora
Show: Melting Pot Episode: Mediterranean - Street Eats
TOTAL TIME: 3 hr
Prep: 2 hr 30 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 30 min
YIELD: 60 fritters, 8 to 10 servings
LEVEL: --

ingredients

  • 1 envelope active dry yeast
  • 3 cups warm water
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
    • FOR THE SYRUP:
      • 2 cups honey
      • 1/4 cup sugar
      • 1 cup water
      • Cinnamon, ground, to taste
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        Directions

        In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 2 cups warm water, proof for 5 minutes. Add 2 cups of flour to the yeast mixture, whisk to incorporate. Add in the milk and eggs. When fully mixed, add in the other 2 cups of flour. Batter should be thick but not solid, if necessary, thin with more water. Whisk in vanilla. Cover and let rise for about 2 hours.

        For the syrup, in a small pot mix together the honey, sugar, and water and bring to a boil, turn down and simmer until completely dissolved and keep warm.

        Heat the oil to 360 degrees and with a large spoon, drop the batter into the hot oil. It will immediately puff and come to the surface. When golden brown on both sides, remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Drizzle with warm syrup and sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve immediately.

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