For the starter:
- ½ cup lukewarm water
- ½ cup lukewarm milk
- 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
- ½ teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup corn starch
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and chopped
- 1-quart Vegetable oil for frying
- 4 cups confectioners’ sugar plus 1-2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
- Combine the starter ingredients in a mixing bowl. Set aside for about 10 minutes until yeast is activated. Once a puffy cloud appears over the liquid, the yeast is active.
- Combine the flour, sugar, corn starch, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl and whisk to combine the ingredients.
- Pour the flour mixture into the yeast mixture and whisk until the batter is smooth and all of the lumps disappear. Whisk in the vanilla extract.
- Cover the bowl and allow to rest and rise at room temperature for 1 hour.
- Add the chopped apples to the batter.
- Heat the oil to 375 °F.
- Drop spoonfuls of the batter into the hot oil and fry until golden on all sides for about 3-5 minutes. A mini ice cream scoop is great for this step.
- Transfer the loukoumades onto a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.
- Combine the confectioners’ sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl and whisk to combine.
- Toss the apple loukoumades in the cinnamon sugar while still warm and serve immediately.