My SymiIvySymi's traditional doughnuts 24/02/2008, 18:55

I have two blogs where I post my recipes.

One is English:

The other is in Greek:

I shall be posting some of my recipes here and I think it is only fair to start with the traditional Symian doughnuts - Akoumia Symiaka

Symi is a small island of the Dodekanese to the north of Rhodes. Akoumia are not widely known by even Greeks because they are Symi’s local traditional doughnut recipe and are made only on the island of Symi. These doughnuts are unique because apart from the usual doughnut ingredients, flour, yeast, sugar, salt and water, they have boiled rice in them (the taste of which is not noticeable) and are flavoured with orange and ouzo.

Doughnuts are considered to be the "Sweet of joy", as they call it in Symi. Whenever a happy occasion occurs on this remote island, whether it is an engagement, a wedding, the birth of a child, the christening of a child, the first tooth of the child, a birthday or a name day, they make these wonderful doughnuts out of the simple ingredients everyone have at home. During the New Year’s Eve they put a coin in one of them and whoever finds the coin is considered to be the luckiest for the whole year.

I shall give you both the original recipe as well as my twist of it. The original recipe I saw on Anna Drouza’s T.V. show last year when she was still at the National Channel E.T.2 presented by a Symian woman. I can still remember the reactions of the audience who tried them. Their reactions and comments were enough to convince me that I should try them and the first time I made them was shortly after the TV show. However that recipe was for mass production. It made about 100 doughnuts. (You can see the original recipe at my blog). This is how I made this recipe, giving it a bit of a twist by adding orange liqueur instead of ouzo. My recipe is still too much. It made 40 but we even ate them for breakfast and they were fantastic.


500 grams self-raising flour
1 spoonful of dry yeast or 1 sachet (18 gr).
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teasponn salt
1 teaspoon sugar
¾ of a cup of rice (before boiling)
The rind and juice of one orange
¼ cup of olive oil
¼ cup of orange liquer
1 cup of lukewarm water taken from the rice I boiled
About 2 spoonfuls of icing sugar for sprinkling on the top
About 2 glasses of corn oil for frying

Boil rice for about 30 minutes and keep one glass of water before draining the rest.
Place flour, dry yeast, orange rind, sugar and salt into a bowl and mix them.
Add the lukewarm rice water and mix to make a batter.
Add the rice, oil, orange juice and orange liqueur and mix well.
Cover with a clean napkin and leave about an hour to rise.

Heat the oil in a skillet. Place the dough in the frying pan by using a spoon occasionally dipped into a glass of water so that the dough may easily slide into the frying Pan. Fry on both sides and place on kitchen paper to drain excess oil.

Serve by sprinkling frosting sugar mixed with cinnamon or have them for breakfast with Greek thyme honey as I did. You will love them.


(0) Comments

Be the first to post a comment!

You need to login or register to post or reply to a comment.