Loukoumades (Greek Honey Soaked Doughnuts)

    1 hour 30 min

    This is a Mediterranean sweet made from deep-fried dough balls, which are soaked in a honey syrup with cinnamon. Enjoy these immediately.

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    Serves: 25 loukoumades

    • 2 (7g) sachets dried active baking yeast
    • 250ml warm water
    • 125ml warm milk
    • 4 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 75g unsalted butter, softened
    • 3 eggs
    • 500g plain flour
    • 175g honey
    • 125ml water
    • 1 litre vegetable oil or as needed
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:1hr proofing  ›  Ready in:1hr30min 

    1. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water in a small bowl. The water should be no more than 40 degrees C. Let stand for 5 minutes until the yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam. In a large bowl, mix the warm milk, sugar and salt and mix to dissolve. Pour the yeast mixture into the milk mixture and stir to combine.
    2. Beat in the butter, eggs and flour until the mixture forms a smooth, soft dough. Cover the bowl and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 30 minutes. Stir the dough well, cover and let rise 30 more minutes.
    3. Mix honey and 125ml of water in a saucepan, bring to the boil over medium-high heat. Turn off the heat and let the honey syrup cool.
    4. Heat oil in a deep-fat fryer or large saucepan to 180 degrees C. Oil should be about 5cm deep.
    5. Place a large table or soup spoon in a glass of water near the batter. Scoop up about 2 tablespoons of dough per puff with the wet spoon, drop it into the wet palm of your hand and roll it back into the spoon to create a round shape. Do not overhandle the puffy soft dough. Drop the dough balls into the hot oil in batches, wetting the spoon each time you make a dough ball. Fry in the hot oil until golden brown on the bottom and roll them over to cook the other side, 2 to 3 minutes per batch. Gently set the loukoumades aside to drain on kitchen towels.
    6. Place the loukoumades on a baking tray, drizzle them with honey syrup and sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve warm.

    Cook's note

    You can also infuse the cinnamon into the syrup.

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    Calories = 3208 for all 25 of them or 128.12 per donut, without the oil for frying included Your welcome.  -  04 Mar 2017


    Awesome  -  07 Feb 2015


    These were ok, but I found the dough was pretty bland and not at all sweet. Next time I will definately increase the sugar in the dough- maybe to 1/2c? Also I added the cinnamon to the honey syrup as it cooked, rather then sprinkling it on top. This made it easy to evenly coat the loukoumades with cinnamon. I found that 2 tbsp of dough was to much for one, so I decreased the size to 1 big tbsp instead.  -  26 Dec 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)