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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Loukoumades/ Honey doughnuts Recipe | Easter Flaounes~Cyproit Cuisine Recipe

Traditional Cyprus recipes

Am landing on C today and its going to be an Island and generally called as Republic of Cyprus which is in Europe. The cuisine here is very much similar to Greek and turkish  as they are much known population here. Cyroit Cuisine as it is called has influence  with French, Italian, Ottoman and Middle eastern cuisines.Vegetables and meats are equally consumed here and as it is a island sea food are sure popular .Today am sharing two very popular dessert and bread from the cuisine. Loukoumades  are fried Doughnut balls which are very popular in cyprus and are made for new year as a tradition. The second one is the very famous cheese bread made there with a special cheese called halloumi  and cyprus herbs. I didn't get them so skipped them but the true taste lies on the traditional recipe, even though I gave it a try.And to mark it my flaounes are totally eggless , we had it with a bowl of soup today and enjoyed them. 

Just When I searching for the flaounes recipe I remember that few Months back aparna had challenged us with this bread and so I adapted her recipe here. The honey donuts really tasted yummy and I loved the cinnamon  sprinkled on top of them gave the doughnut a very lovely flavor but My H hates cinnamon flavor so I had to eat them all but still he tried 2-3 doughnut .Adapted the recipe for doughnut from afrodites kitchen Now lets move on to Both the recipes.
Cyprus Honey Doughnuts

Doughnuts with yeast

Doughnut recipe

Loukoumades/Honey Donut

                                          Recipe Category
    Preparation time
    Cook time
                                          Bread/ desserts
2 hr
 20 mins

Cyprus doughnuts  All purpose flour - 1 1/2 cups
  Warm water - 3/4 cup + more if needed
  Salt - 1/4 tsp
  Sugar - 1/4 tsp
  Instant yeast-3/4 tsp
  Orange zest - few
  Orange juice- 2 tbsp
  For syrup
  Honey - 4 tbsp
  Water - 4 tbsp

  Cinnamon for sprinkling
  Oil for frying

  • Mix flour, salt, sugar, orange zest together.
  • In 1/4 cup warm water  dilute the yeast well.
  • Add the yeast water and orange juice in the flour and mix well.
  • Keep adding water till it become sticky, gooey in texture.
  • Mix the mixture well with hands and the leave them cover for 2 hours to rise.
  • After first proving the dough should have have bubbles in them .
  • Mix them wel again .
  • Heat oil in a kadai , take oil in a bowl seperately and a plastic spoon so that the dough falls of the greased spoon quick.
  • Now after the oil is hot enough , squeeze the dough with your finger on to the plastic spoon which is dipped in oil.
  • Drop the dough into the hot oil and continue to do the same for rest of the dough.
  • Fry them till light golden brown. Keep stiring the doughnuts in the oil so thats they get cooked from all sides.
  • Drain the doughnuts in a a kitchen towel.
  • Now prepare a syrup with honey and water . Just boil honey and water together and slide the fried doughnuts in it.
  • Mix them well till all they doughnuts get honey coated.
  • Remove the doughnuts and then sprinkle cinnamon on it.

Cyrups new year traditional Doughnuts

Cyprus Easter Bread

Traditional Easter recipes

 Easter Flaounes

                                          Recipe Category
    Preparation time
    Cook time
2 hr
 30 mins
  All purpose flour - 1 1/2 cup
  Instant yeast - 1/2 tsp
  Salt - 1/4 tsp
  Sugar - 3/4 tsp
  Milk - 2 tbsp
  Egg replacer - 1 1/2 tsp + water - 1tbsp
  Butter - 1/4 cup ( melted)
  Warm water - 2tbsp or more
  Mastic pd - 1/2 tsp ( skip it if you don't have)
  Mahleb - 1/2 tsp( Skip it if you don't have)
  Oil for greasing
  For Filling
  Mozzrella cheese -1 cup ( grated)
  All purpose flour - 1 tsp
  Semolina - 2 tbsp
  Dry mint - 1 1/2 tsp
  Sultanas/ raisins -1 tbsp
  Black pepper / chilli flakes -1/4 tsp
  Milk - 1 tbsp
  1tbsp flour + 2 tbsp milk( to make paste for sealing)
  Untoasted sesame seeds- 1/2 cup
  Milk for brushing

  • Mix flour, salt, sugar, yeast and teh flavouring if have it.
  • In another bowl Mix in egg replacer,water, butter, milk and mix them well.
  • Add the liquid to the flour mixture and combine them well.
  • Add extra warm water to make a smooth and elastic dough.
  • Add extra flour or water if needed to bring the dough in proper texture.
  • Place the dough in a greased bowl cover it and let it rise for 1 to 2 hours
  • Till them prepare the filling. Add all the ingredinets together except Milk.
  • Add milk only when the dough is ready to shape.
  • After the dough rises in volume , punch the dough and divide them to equal balls about 4 pieces.
  • Lightly oil the work surface and start rollin a ball into 5"-6 " round.
  • Keep the shaped round on the sesame plate.
  • Mix milk to the filling and and divide them to equal parts.
  • Now take a portion of filling and keep it in the center of the round dough.
  • Now to make it a triangle lift the 3 corners towards the middle one after another leaving center partof the filling exposed.
  • Seal the pies well befor keeping them for decond rise.
  • Place the shaped pies on a baking sheet and let it rise for 40 mins.
  • After 40 mins bake the pies at 180C for 25-30mins till they are golden in color and the filling puff's up.
  • After they are done cool them in wire rack  to coo and then enjoy !!

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  1. Awesome! Both the dishes turned out perfect. I remember making flaounes a few months ago and we enjoyed them a lot too.

  2. Both dishes looks mouth watering, lovely presentation!

  3. I dunno wat to chose both loukoumades and flaounes looks super prefect to munch rite now, am gonna dream about loukoumades Manju.

  4. It is amazing to know that almost all the nations have deep fried food both as sweets and savories. Both flaounes & loukoumades look perfect.

  5. Both of them look perfectly done. I made one of them for another country -- you'll find out very soon.

  6. I've been planning to make the flouanes for so many months but something always gets i the way. I love halloumi cheese and the donuts look fab

  7. Both the dishes look fantastic. well prepared and beautifully presented. I would not get many ingredients here..but good that you have given option of skipping them.

  8. They look perfect Manjula. I love the look of the flaunces.

  9. Both the dishes look stunning. Wonder how well you manage to plan and execute your posts. Hats off dear Manjula.

  10. both wonderful recipes and the pic.are so tempting..

  11. wow truly a worth trying recipe :) and linking some of my entries too i love to :)

  12. lovely event!! Check my on going event too - back to school lunch ideas =)

  13. Both the dishes seem to be out of the world Manjula..wish you had shared sbs pics as well..:)

  14. super entries from Cyprus... I almost thought cyprus was greece, but yes, the BM taught us so much geography right ??

  15. Hey same pinch Manjula! Love your triangular flaounes. I wanted to try that too. But by the time I got the hang of the square ones, my dough was all used up :) Love the rustic character of your donuts too! Wonderful clicks btw

  16. Both your dishes looks yummy....nice clicks

  17. Love teh doughnuts and the flaounes.Beautifully captured...

  18. Both the dishes are lip-smacking, Sweet & Savory!!!Loving those doughnuts, and those flaounes i haven't tried them for their shape, you have nailed it perfectly!!!!

  19. Both the donuts and the bread looks so inviting.

  20. I will try these flaounes this weekend as I have mozzarella cheese. Both the dishes are mouthwatering choices.

  21. Both the dish are inviting... I loved the presentation of dishes & pics are welcoming..

  22. I had loved the flaounes they tasted amazing . Thanks for reminding me its something I had promised to re do for the kids. as for the loukoumades they are delicious.


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