Greek Cooking Challenge
Loukoumathes ~ Greek Honey Puffs
This month I have been inspired by Brisbane’s Greek Festival, the Paniyiri to make Loukoumathes (λουκουμάδες) – or as we call them in Australia, Honey Puffs. This will be Recipe 5 for the Greek Cooking Challenge. If you would like to join the Greek Cooking Challenge then Sign Up Now. It’s not too late, anyone can do it!
Every Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast Day of the Church’s name. In Brisbane we celebrate the Feast Day of our Church St George Greek Orthodox Church in Brisbane with a Paniyiri. The difference is that the Brisbane Paniyiri is one of the largest Greek festivals in the world. The Paniyiri welcomes over 50,000 guests each year to eat, drink, dance and smash plates. I love going to the Brisbane Paniyiri. It is my favourite time of year!
There are two things that I love about the Paniyiri. The first thing I love is the Loukoumathes – Greek Honey Puffs. The second thing I love about Paniyiri is that it is my anniversary with my husband. A few years ago, 12 years to be exact, we had our first date at the Paniyiri. We quickly fell in love and now we are married. The Greek Paniyiri will always have a special place in my heart and so will the Honey Puffs.
All the photos from this post have been borrowed from www.paniyiri.com with the intention to promote the festival. Please like the Paniyiri Facebook Page or visit the Paniyiri Website for more information.
Helena and Vikki from My Kitchen Rules made Honey Puffs on the reality TV show. They will also be at the Paniyiri this year cooking up a storm. You can ‘Learn How To Make Greek Honey Puffs’ at the Paniyiri at 2.35pm on Saturday 24th May 2014. Check out the Paniyiri program if you want more information or event times.
Remember to share your photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #GreekCookingChallenge and #HoneyPuffs
Step 1: Recipe
Since the reality TV twins Helena and Vikki will be at the Paniyiri cooking their famous Honey Puffs, I thought it would be appropriate to share their recipe for the Greek Cooking Challenge. Helena and Vikki’s recipe for Honey Puffs is a little bit fancy but it sounds really nice. Their dish is called:
Lemon Curd Loukoumades with Honey Thyme Syrup
This recipe has been sourced from the My Kitchen Rules website. Remember that you can choose to cook any recipe for loukoumathes that you want to cook. If you have a simple recipe then go ahead and use that. If you want to try your mum’s recipe or your yiayia’s recipe then feel free. The recipe here is just one that is fresh and exciting to share – a recipe that I personally think would taste really great 🙂
Toasted pistachios, to decorate
- 5 egg yolks
- 110g (½ cup) caster sugar
- 175g unsalted butter
- finely grated zest of lemons
- juice of lemons
Honey Thyme Syrup
- 125ml (½ cup) honey
- 2 tbs finely chopped thyme
- 60ml (½ cup) water
- 75g (1/3 cup) caster sugar
- 1 tbs yeast
- 500ml (2 cups) warm water
- 220g (2 cups) flour
- 1 tsp salt
- vegetable oil, for deep frying
- To make curd, whisk yolks and sugar in a medium saucepan, off the heat, until smooth. Add butter, zest and juice. Stir over low heat for 10 minutes or until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Strain into a bowl, then cover with plastic wrap. Cool.
- Meanwhile, to make syrup, stir all ingredients in a medium saucepan over low heat until melted and combined. Simmer until thickened. Strain. Cool.
- To make loukoumades, dissolve yeast in the water and set aside in warm place for 15 minutes. Sift flour and salt into a bowl. Make a well in the centre and add yeast mixture. Mix with a wooden spoon to form a soft, sticky dough. Place in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover and set aside for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
- Deep fry tablespoons of the batter until golden and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper. Cool.
- Make a little hole in each loukoumades and pipe or spoon in a little lemon curd. Serve drizzled with syrup and sprinkled with pistachios.
- These sweet little doughnuts would be great served with a vanilla ice cream or Greek yoghurt.
- Try loukoumades sprinkled with a simple combination of cinnamon and caster sugar.
- This dish would also be great served with some poached apple, pear or apricot.
Step 2: Cook!
Loukoumathes are fairly easy to cook (so people tell me). However they can get a bit messy and they are a bit time-consuming. It is also best to make a large batch of honey puffs so that you can get good use out of the oil. Invite a friend over and do some cooking together. Or come along to the Greek Paniyiri Festival in Brisbane and cook with Helena and Vicki!
This image of Honey Puffs has been sourced from the Paniyiri Facebook Page.
Step 3: Take A Photo and Share It
Once your Honey Puffs are ready (and before you eat them all), be sure to take a photo! Share your photo on social media with the hash tags #greekcookingchallenge and #honeypuffs. You can share it on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
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Step 4: Receive Your Gift
At the end of the month, the Greek Cooking Challenge subscribers will receive a pdf ebook of the Honey Puffs recipe enhanced with all your comments, secrets and notes, all gathered together and garnished with your photos. By the end of the year, you will have the perfect ebook of Greek food recipes, with home-made pictures and secrets form within the kitchen of our subscribers. This gift will only be sent to you if you officially join the Greek Cooking Challenge – so if you haven’t already, you can still Sign Up Now!
The Greek Cooking Challenge is all about Learning How To Be A Good Greek Cook.
Here on the blog, we can all help each other to learn how to be good Greek cooks together.
So don’t forget to share your thoughts throughout the month, your cooking experiences, tips and recipe secrets. Share the things that have gone wrong or perfectly right with your recipe, so we can all learn from each other!
Good Luck Everyone!
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Sia Aristidou is fascinated by the rituals and traditions celebrated in Greek culture. Sia writes about love, marriage, family and tradition and sells beautiful handmade wedding gifts at the Greek Wedding Shop.
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