Homemade Cypriot Loukoumades (Kserotiana)

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Cypriot Loukoumades (Kserotiana) in Cyprus is traditionally made on the eve of Theophania.

Ingredients
  • 500 g water
  • 550 g flour
  • 30 g Fresh yeast
  • salt
  • oil (for frying)
  • 250 g honey
  • cinnamon and nuts (for the garnish)
Method
  1. Pour the water, yeast and a tablespoon of honey in the mixers bowl and set it for 3 minutes, at 37 celsius degrees,  at speed 1.
  2. Add the flour and salt in the bowl and set the mixer at 1 minute, speed 4, until the mixture becomes homogeneous.
  3. Pour the mixture into a pot, cover it with a plastic wrap and allow it to rise  in a dry and warm place until it triple’s its size. (Note: The loukoumades mixture must be in porridge format – falling off the spoon but not running).
  4. Before proceeding with the frying, prepare a glass of water and a teaspoon.
  5. When the mixture is ready, lightly mix it and then fry in a hot oil.  Scoop up a little dough at a time with the teaspoon  and damp it into the hot oil.
  6. When you finish with the frying you may sprinkle the honey and continue with the cinnamon and nuts.