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Lokma (Fried Sweet Dough)


Lokma is a Turkish fried sweet dough that is covered in a simple syrup. Served as a dessert, lokma is a popular coffee accompaniment. This lokma recipe is foolproof!


  • 1 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 cups all purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • vegetable oil
  • For The Syrup
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


In a measuring cup, add yeast and sugar to warm water. Stir until dissolved. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes.

In a medium bowl, combine flour and salt. Add yeast water and stir with oiled wooden spoon until a dough-like consistency form.

Cover and place in warm area and allow to rise for 1 1/2 hours, or until doubled.

Preheat vegetable oil to 375.

Spoon dough by the tablespoon into vegetable oil and allow to cook for about 2 minutes each side, until each side is a golden brown color.

Repeat with remaining dough. Drain on paper towels.

For the syrup:

About 20 minutes prior to frying the dough, make the syrup. Mix all ingredients in a saucepan until sugar is dissolved on medium heat. Bring to a boil, then allow to simmer on low for about 10-15 minutes, until it become a syrup consistency. Do not stir frequently because the sugar will make the syrup cloudy.

Drizzle syrup over fried dough and serve immediately.
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