Loukoumades or Greek Honey Puffs are made from fried dough (lik a doughnut or churros) and are then drizzled with honey and sprinkled with walnuts and cinnamon. Recipe by Matina Caribacas.


3 cups all-purpose flour
1 pkg. (1/4 oz) dry yeast
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. whiskey or brandy
1-1/2 cups lukewarm water
1/2 cup lukewarm water
2 cups canola or corn oil
Ground cinnamon and walnuts for serving


In the lukewarm water dissolve the yeast

Place the add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl and mix together well.

Add the dissolved yeast, whiskey, and 1-1/2 cups water to the dry ingredients. Using an electric hand mixer, mix the batter for 3 minutes on medium high speed making sure that the batter is smooth with no lumps. Cover the batter with cling film and set aside in a warm place and allow it to rise for about two hours.

While the batter is rising prepare the syrup.

Add the sugar, cinnamon stick, water and honey to a saucepan. Boil for 5 minutes until the sugar is completely dissolved. Keep the syrup warm.

When the batter has doubled in size, heat the 2 cups oil in a saucepan or deep frying pan until very hot but not smoking.

Using two spoons, carefully drop about a teaspoon full of batter for each puff into the hot oil. Turn the puffs using a slotted spoon and fry until golden brown on each side. Remove the puffs to a plate lined with kitchen paper to drain.

Dip the hot puffs in the syrup and then sprinkle with cinnamon, ground walnuts or even with icing sugar. Serve immediately.


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