First, let us paint a picture. You are at your grandma’s house; a very rainy autumn evening and you want a taste of summer. A smell of Greek grandmas and honey suddenly appears, and the magic begins.
Loukoumades; Reminiscing of a doughnut but not exactly. A “loukoumas” is the epitome sweet taste, thanks to the honey syrup that covers it. And for many, it is one of the few foods that give them that endless feeling of summer. It is like a summer-hug even in the coldest days. J
Actually, the fact that it’s so easy to make puts it on the top of our list! Just add flour, yeast, and honey and let it guide you to a taste of Greece. You will find “loukoumades” almost in every corner in Greece, especially during festivities and even at wedding ceremonies. Try them and you won’t regret it.
If you are more of a Christmas person, Greek gastronomy has the perfect honey match for you. “Melomakarona” or “diples” are the “stars” of Christmas delights and are featured in large -very Greek- quantities in every house and pastry shop during the Christmas period. They combine honey with another very traditional Christmas ingredient and spices, like walnuts, and cinnamon!
In traditional Greek gastronomy, you will not find chocolate or other ingredients used mainly in other European countries. Partly because of the long Greek history with honey, partly because -let’s face it- honey is both delicious and healthy or partly because honey is a vital part of the Mediterranean cuisine. From ancient Athens to our days, honey is found in our breakfast, our weddings, our Christmas, our memories of summer, our grandmas.
Oh “honey honey”, emerge in a smell of Greek grandmas.
But, you probably have to visit Greece and find out what makes honey a whole lot of Greek experience.
Loukoumades | Recipe
500 gr flour
25 gr yeast
1 spoon of honey
2 cups of warm water
A pinch of salt
In a large bowl add flour, yeast, and honey and slowly add water. Mix until the dough looks like a thick porridge. Add a pinch of salt. Cover the bowl and let it dry for an hour. With a spoon make small dough-balls. Fry them with hot olive oil. Sprinkle them with honey and cinnamon.