Loukoumades (Honey Fritters)

You can sprinkle the loukoumades with some crushed walnuts before serving. Loukoumades are best eaten on the same day they are made.

Serves: 18Hands-on: 45 minutesTotal: 2 hours 45 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 18

Ingredients

  • 1½ Tbsp. active dry yeast
  • 1½ cups lukewarm milk, divided
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 3 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup good-quality Greek honey
  • 1 Tbsp. grated lemon zest

Directions

  • In mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in 1 cup lukewarm milk; cover bowl with cloth and let stand 10 minutes to allow yeast to rise.
  • Gently add flour and salt to mixing bowl in stages; continue to mix well.
  • Sparingly add remaining milk while continually mixing. Resulting batter should end up as soft and sticky dough, soft enough to be able to drop from a spoon.
  • Cover mixing bowl with cloth and place in warm spot to rise 2 hours or until it has doubled in bulk and has bubbles forming on surface.
  • When dough has risen, heat oil in deep pan. You will need a teaspoon and a cup of cold water for this part. Dipping the teaspoon into water before using it to spoon up portions of dough will ensure it does not stick to the spoon.
  • Drop teaspoonfuls of dough directly into hot oil. Fry each batch of dough balls until they puff up and achieve a golden brown color. Remove from oil with slotted spoon and set on platter lined with paper towels to drain a couple minutes.
  • Place loukoumades on serving platter and drizzle honey to cover. Sprinkle with lemon zest and serve immediately.

Recipe Information

Serves: 18

Ingredients

  • 1½ Tbsp. active dry yeast
  • 1½ cups lukewarm milk, divided
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 3 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup good-quality Greek honey
  • 1 Tbsp. grated lemon zest

Directions

  • In mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in 1 cup lukewarm milk; cover bowl with cloth and let stand 10 minutes to allow yeast to rise.
  • Gently add flour and salt to mixing bowl in stages; continue to mix well.
  • Sparingly add remaining milk while continually mixing. Resulting batter should end up as soft and sticky dough, soft enough to be able to drop from a spoon.
  • Cover mixing bowl with cloth and place in warm spot to rise 2 hours or until it has doubled in bulk and has bubbles forming on surface.
  • When dough has risen, heat oil in deep pan. You will need a teaspoon and a cup of cold water for this part. Dipping the teaspoon into water before using it to spoon up portions of dough will ensure it does not stick to the spoon.
  • Drop teaspoonfuls of dough directly into hot oil. Fry each batch of dough balls until they puff up and achieve a golden brown color. Remove from oil with slotted spoon and set on platter lined with paper towels to drain a couple minutes.
  • Place loukoumades on serving platter and drizzle honey to cover. Sprinkle with lemon zest and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories210
Total Fat6g
Saturated Fat1g
Cholesterol0mg
Sodium75mg
Total Carbohydrate38g
Dietary Fiber1g
Sugars17g
Protein4g