Thanksgiving

APPLE LOUKOUMADES: GREEK STYLE APPLE DOUGHNUTS

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Ingredients

  • ​Makes about 20
  • 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

Instructions

1

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.

2

3

Combine the flour, sugar, corn starch, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl and whisk to combine the ingredients.

4

5

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.

6

Cover the bowl and allow to rest and rise at room temperature for 1 hour.

7

Add the chopped apples to the batter.

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9

Heat the oil to 375 °F.

10

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.

11

12

Transfer the loukoumades onto a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.

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14

Combine the confectioners’ sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl and whisk to combine.

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16

Toss the apple loukoumades in the cinnamon sugar while still warm and serve immediately.

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