Greek Loukoumades or Honey Puffs
These deep fried golden honey puffs are like a Greek doughnut
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Rising time30 mins
- 4 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast (2 packets )
- 1 cup warm water
- ½ cup warm milk
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup butter room temperature
- 3 eggs room temperature
- 4 cups flour
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup water
- Oil for frying (about 4 cups)
- Cinnamon for garnishing
- Powdered sugar for garnishing
Stir yeast into warm water and allow to proof for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl beat together the milk, sugar, and salt until the sugar has dissolved.
Stir in the yeast and mix until combined.
Add the butter and eggs. Beat to combine.
Slowly add the flour, scraping down the sides as needed, until the mixture creates a soft dough.
Cover the bowl and allow to rest in a warm area free of drafts for 30 minutes to 1 hour or until doubled in size.
Meanwhile, add honey and water to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and allow to boil for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring as needed. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat until a toothpick or bamboo skewer inserted into the oil bubbles.
Prepare a large baking sheet with paper towels for draining the cooked loukoumades. Place a bowl of water close to your frying station to keep your tools and/or hands wet to make the dough easier to handle.
Use a 1 tablespoon scoop or your hands to create a ball and carefully drop into the oil. Cook on one side for about 2 to 3 minutes before flipping. Some balls will flip themselves as they cook. Balls will double in size and should be browned on both sides when done.
Remove the loukoumades from the oil and drain on paper towels.
In small quantities, roll balls in honey syrup and then transfer to your serving dish. Drizzle with any remaining honey syrup. Top with cinnamon and/or powdered sugar prior to serving. Serve immediately for best results.
Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 158mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg