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Loukoumades, The Great Greek Doughnut

When I was in college, there was a Greek food festival every year. My housemate and I would jump on our bikes and head down there in order to load up on tasty treats. There were a lot of great things to try, but my favorite was definitely an order of freshly fried loukoumades (imagine plump balls of deep fried dough, coated in sugar syrup or honey!). The festival is only once a year, but I decided I had to learn how to make them myself. To find a recipe and celebrate our Greek food coverage, as well as National Doughnut Day,

Loukoumades - Greek Doughnuts
From Greeks in LA

1 envelope active dry yeast
3 cups warm water
4 cups flour
1 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
Vegetable oil, for frying

For the syrup:
2 cups honey
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup water

Cinnamon, ground, to taste

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 2 cups warm water, proof for 5 minutes. Add 2 cups of flour to the yeast mixture, whisk to incorporate. Add in the milk and eggs. When fully mixed, add in the other 2 cups of flour. Batter should be thick but not solid, if necessary, thin with more water. Whisk in vanilla. Cover and let rise for about 2 hours.

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For the syrup, in a small pot mix together the honey, sugar, and water and bring to a boil, turn down and simmer until completely dissolved and keep warm.

Heat the oil to 360 degrees and with a large spoon, drop the batter into the hot oil. It will immediately puff and come to the surface. When golden brown on both sides, remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Drizzle with warm syrup and sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve immediately.

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prencesschris prencesschris 7 years
OMGGGG i love these! In my town we have a greek fest & i get them everytime it comes round.
Orka Orka 9 years
They taste good, but... how do you make them round? I fried them in deep oil but still the shape was a little bit funny. Any tips?
alibella alibella 10 years
Those are just zeppoles ripped off from us italians!!! Damn greeks...JK,JK, LOL
brneyez brneyez 10 years
These are great, as a young child my mother and aunt would make these! There delish! =)
saffy1227 saffy1227 10 years
yum.
SU3 SU3 10 years
OH MY... :DROOL:
chancleta chancleta 10 years
oooo my yum-o
Hope5 Hope5 10 years
Sounds totally delicious!
cocca cocca 10 years
these look good! i think it's better than america's because it's bite-sized and doesn't look like it's filled with sugary filling, or has sugar all around it...
designergirl designergirl 10 years
I love Greek festivals! These sound delicious.
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 10 years
Those sound wonderfully delicious!
Lianna Lianna 10 years
Oh my God!!! In Toronto every year there is "Taste of the Danforth" that is a greek festival with food vendors everywhere. Last year I went and ate these and they called them "Honey Balls", they were delicious and I couldn't find them ANYWHERE and I was so obsessed with finding them, and haven't to this day. I am so excited to try this recipe thanks a lot!
b-UNIQUE b-UNIQUE 10 years
OMG!!! i want them now!!! they look sooo tasty!!!
rainonme224 rainonme224 10 years
These looks so yummy!
GlamourGirlMiami GlamourGirlMiami 10 years
I've always wanted to try these. Thanks for the recipe!
rb24 rb24 10 years
yummy now i want some now!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Especially ice cream. I saw a Food Network show on a garlic festival where they actually did serve samples of garlic ice cream. Im Italian and I embrace the use of garlic in practically every dinner dish, but draw the line people!
jhuck jhuck 10 years
Those look so good! You were lucky to have a greek festival. My hometown only has blueberry and garlic festivals. Although garlic is fun, it's not fun to have it in EVERY food.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Yummy. I have surprisingly never tried these! I cant imagine theyd differ much from the Italian version.
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