Delicious Cretan Thyme Honey
Happy weekend to you all from California! Mother’s day is coming up this weekend and here is a super easy and tasty dessert to make for your special loved ones.
First off I would like to welcome an amazing Greek company that I met on Instagram. Not only do they offer one of the BEST honey’s out there, but they work hard to ensure that their products are top quality.
The Saviolakis family sent me a huge package of beautiful Cretan products including a wonderful honey Greek Delight, in other words Loukoumi. I am not a huge fan of loukoumi, BUT this is the best I have had. The reason for this, is the Cretan thyme honey adds such a lovely flavor to these candies. The loukoumi literally melts in your mouth. Their packaging is really neat too, which would make such a lovely gift. (Did I mention that I received this package within a few days!! Very fast shipping, which I was impressed.)
Please meet the Saviolakis family proud owners of Cretan Honey USA. Let’s see how they started.
Saviolakis~ The Beginnings
http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5865/The locals have relied on the land for 1000s of years and now have taken to very light touristic activities in addition to agriculture. I truly haven’t been to an area as spectacular where you can find 8,000-foot mountains (which get a lot of snow in the winter) descend abruptly and end at some of the most stunning and clean beaches with crystal clear blue and green waters. A large amount of the area, even where you will find some villages such as Loutro and Agia Roumeli, is only accessible by boat or foot on the E4 Hiking Path.
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Kouzounas Kitchen Loukoumades Recipe
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- 4 Cups All-purpose flour
- 2 Tablespoons active dry yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla powder
- 2 Cups lukewarm milk- water (mixed)
- 1 Cup Cretan Thyme Honey
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Cinnamon for dusting
- 1 Cup chopped walnuts
- In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast with 1 cup warm milk- water mixture.
- Cover bowl with a towel and let sit for 10 minutes until the yeast bubbles on the top.
- In a bowl mix the flour, salt, and vanilla together.
- Add the flour to the yeast in three stages, and add the remaining liquid to the mixture until you get a sticky dough to form.
- Cover the bowl and let rise until doubled.
- When the dough has double, heat the oil in a fryer.
- This is the tricky part of the recipe. Make sure you have a glass of water, and a spoon handy.
- Dip your spoon into the water, then dip the spoon in the dough, and gather a ball on the spoon, drop the dough into the fryer one at a time. Make sure you always dip your spoon into the water so you prevent the dough from sticking to your spoon. (PLEASE BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO GET HOT OIL ON YOU!!)
- I like to dip my fingers into the water as well, so I don’t have sticky fingers.
- I fry about 5 large loukoumades at a time, as my fryer isn’t very big. Once each side puffs up and turns a golden brown they are ready. Drain the oil from the loukoumades, and set on a lined baking sheet. ( I line my baking sheet with paper towels so the oil can drain.) Place doughnuts on a large platter, and once all of the dough is gone, time to drizzle them with sweetness.
- Drizzle honey over the top of the doughnuts and add walnuts over the top. I add a dust of cinnamon powder over the top to serve.
**Tomorrow come join us for a LIVE STREAM with Andreas Saviolakis from Cretan Thyme Honey business. We will talk about his family farm in Sfakia, and discuss his products, and we will open to a fun Q & A.