Luqaimat is a traditional Saudi dessert. You can find this sweet doughnut served during the month of Ramadan, on Eid or to special guest. It tastes especially nice with tea or coffee. If you do not live in the Middle East where sugar syrup is readily available for you to purchase then it is quite easy to make at home or you can even opt to use honey or even date syrup.
1 teaspoon yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
2-1/2 cups warm water
1/2 teaspoon saffron
2 tablespoons oil
3-1/2 cups all purpose flour
oil for deep frying
1. In a small bowl dissolve yeast and sugar in a 1/2 cup warm water, leave for 5 minutes until foamy.
2. Infuse saffron in 1/2 cup water, sit aside. In a large mixing bowl add egg and remaining water. Mix well with a hand mixer. Add yeast mixture and saffron, mix well.
3. Add flour gradually, and knead after each addition . Cover in a warm place and allow to rise for one hour.
4. Heat oil in a large pan on medium heat. Alongside the bowl of batter, have a small bowl of oil. Take some batter (the size of a pistachio) with the tip of a small spoon. Using another oiled small spoon, carefully slip batter from spoon into hot oil. (it will puff into a larger ball).
5. Deep fry until golden brown, turning to brown evenly. Drain on paper towel and serve with sugar syrup.