Loukoumades or Lokmades, as they are called in Cyprus, are Greek doughnuts. They take their name from the Arabic words “luqma(t) plural luqūm”, lokma and lokum or loukoumi, meaning morsel or mouthful. They are fried, shaped into small round ballls, served with honey, cinnamon and walnuts or plain in Cyprus dipped in sugar syrup.
Sweets in Syrup
Kalon Prama, which is the Cypriot name for Samali, is a moist, eggless, semolina cake, made with sheep’s milk yoghurt, flavoured with mastic and bathed in syrup.
Diples (pronounced diip-LESS), which means folded, is another traditional Christmas sweet pastry, made in many parts of Greece especially in the Peloponnese. These are the desserts they serve at weddings, christenings, engagements etc. but are also very popular during Christmas.
Karydopita (pr. ka-ree-do-pita) is a Greek walnut cake made with lots of walnuts and bathed in a sweet syrup. The word “karydi” (καρύδι) means walnut and “pita” (πίτα) means pie. You do not have to think hard what to do when you have a lot of walnuts. What better than a traditional Walnut Cake, which will bring…
How can we tell if the syrup is ready? That is a good question. There are several methods, old and new, to tell if the syrup has the right density.