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Desserts

LOKMA (Small balls of fried sweet dough)

  • 1 1/3 glasses flour
  • 4/5 glass water
  • 1 tablespoon margarine
  • 30 gr. yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 glass olive oil


Syrup

  • 1 3/4 glasses granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 glasses water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Put the granulated sugar, water and lemon juice into a pan, place on moderate heat and stir until the sugar melts. Boil for 15 minutes until the syrup thickens.
Put flour in a bowl, make a well in the centre, put the yeast, melted margarine and salt in the well, stir while gradually adding water, until the flour absorbs the water. Mix together until it becomes a dough, put near a warm place and allow to rest for the dough to swell and puff up for about an hour. Heat the olive oil in a deep frying pan. Take a piece of dough and squeeze it in the hands, the dough will leap up in between the thumb and second finger; from this, take pieces the size of a nut with a spoon, and then dip in and outof cold water, afterwards, put these pieces into the frying pan. Put 7-8 pieces of dough into the pan every time. As the balls puff up and turn into a golden color, remove from the pan and drain away the oil. Repeat this until all the dough is finished and place the fried balls in syrup. After the balls absorb the syrup, place in a serving dish, and serve.