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Loukoumades – Greek Honey and Walnut Balls

July 13, 2016

Loukoumades are traditional Greek Honey Balls made with fried dough and sometimes called Greek donuts. Sprinkled with walnuts and cinnamon, and drizzled with honey, these cuties make a perfect bite-size dessert!

Check out these traditional Greek honey puffs (Loukoumades) sprinkled with cinnamon and walnuts. They are also called Greek donuts. Heaven for your taste buds!

Greece is one of my most favorite countries to cook from. There is something special about their food that attracts me and keeps coming back for more. I am pretty sure I am not alone in my love for the cuisine of this beautiful and hypnotizing Mediterranean country. Of all the people I know, nobody refuses to empty a plate of Greek food when I serve it during a party. Nobody! This time it’s a dessert. The last Greek dessert I made for the blog (Kataifi) was splendid, so my expectations were really high this time. Meet Loukoumades (such a complicated name!) – Greek Honey Balls (Puffs) sprinkled with cinnamon and walnuts. You can also call them Greek donuts. Quite frankly, it’s the best dessert I’ve had lately.

Check out these traditional Greek honey puffs (Loukoumades) sprinkled with cinnamon and walnuts. They are also called Greek donuts. Heaven for your taste buds!

Loukoumades is a traditional Greek dessert with roots traced to the ancient Greece. Some sources even state that it’s the oldest recorded pastry in European literature (wow!). It’s amazing, isn’t it? So, what Loukoumades are about? It’s deep fried dough pastries drizzled with honey and sprinkled with cinnamon and walnuts. Sounds simple, but the end results is magical, believe me!

Check out these traditional Greek honey puffs (Loukoumades) sprinkled with cinnamon and walnuts. They are also called Greek donuts. Heaven for your taste buds!

Similar deep fried dough puffs can be found in Turkish, Palestinian, Lebanese, and other Middle Eastern cuisines. The only thing that differs is the toppings. Talking about them, I love the velvety combination of honey and cinnamon. Divine! Oh and the crunch provided by walnuts is so on point.

Check out these traditional Greek honey puffs (Loukoumades) sprinkled with cinnamon and walnuts. They are also called Greek donuts. Heaven for your taste buds!

If you will ever visit Greece, you’ll be able to find Loukoumades everywhere. Every single café, even the smallest one, should have these little cute fluffy puffs on their menu. They are also frequently enjoyed in Greek homes. Not a single festival is complete without them! Greek women are so used to making these donuts, they are able to work the batter (which is really runny and sticky) with their bare hands, while many, who make Loukoumades for the first time, require a help of spoons. I don’t mean to brag, but I managed to form the balls without using spoons (with the help of my precious wife).

Check out these traditional Greek honey puffs (Loukoumades) sprinkled with cinnamon and walnuts. They are also called Greek donuts. Heaven for your taste buds!

Just remember that these Greek honey balls are best eaten on the same day they are made. It shouldn’t be a problem though, because they are so addictive. You blink and puff, the puffs are gone (sorry for the tautology). Make these and enjoy the hell out of them! Check out these traditional Greek honey puffs (Loukoumades) sprinkled with cinnamon and walnuts. They are also called Greek donuts. Heaven for your taste buds!

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Check out these traditional Greek honey puffs (Loukoumades) sprinkled with cinnamon and walnuts. They are also called Greek donuts. Heaven for your taste buds!
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Loukoumades - Greek Honey and Walnut Balls
Prep Time
2 hr 10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
2 hr 20 mins
 

These Greek Honey Balls, also called Greek donuts, are sprinkled with cinnamon and walnuts! A perfect bite-size dessert!

Cuisine: Greek
Servings: 6 people
Calories Per Serving: 535 kcal
Author: CookingTheGlobe
Ingredients
  • 4 1/2 cups + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon instant dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 1/4 cups warm water , divided
  • vegetable oil , for frying
  • 1-2 cups honey , for drizzling
  • ground cinnamon , for sprinkling
  • coarsely ground walnuts , for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix 4 1/2 cups flour and the salt. Dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cups warm water, together with 1 tablespoon honey and 1 tablespoon flour.
  2. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the yeast mixture. Add the remaining 1 3/4 cups water. Mix using a spatula, until you get a sticky, loose batter. If the texture of the batter isn't like this, add more water to achieve the right consistency. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let raise for 2 hours, or until doubled in size.
  3. Fill half of the pot with oil and heat to 375°F (180°C).
  4. Now you need to shape your Loukoumades. There are two ways to do that.
  5. The first one. Oil your hands, take a handful of the batter and clench your fist around it. Squeeze out a knob of the batter between your fingers, scoop it up with an oiled tablespoon and drop into the hot oil.
  6. The second one. Oil two tablespoons. Lift a little bit of the batter on one and push it off into the hot oil using another one.
  7. The puffs are ready when they rise to the top and are light golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and dry on paper towels.
  8. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with cinnamon and walnuts. Enjoy!

 

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22 Comments

  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy July 14, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    We ate so many of these when we were in Santorini. I really need to try making them myself.

    • Reply Igor July 22, 2016 at 8:54 am

      Dannii, definitely give a try, it’s not complicated at all!

  • Reply Cookilicious July 14, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    I am very glad I stumbled upon this recipe of yours. It looks wonderful. Pinned it. I have an Indian festival coming up..Plan to make this. Greece being on my list to visit..I would love to try the local food Loukoumades over there. Thanks for this post!

    • Reply Igor July 22, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      I think these little donuts would be perfect for your festival. I’ve never been to Greece by myself, but I surely plan to 🙂

  • Reply Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry July 14, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    It is very rare for me to see desserts that I really, really want to make but seriously, I want to drop everything to make these. Have added them to my flipboard.

    • Reply Igor July 22, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      So glad to hear it, Bintu! They are really good. I didn’t even expect them to turn out so delicious 🙂

  • Reply Aish Padihari July 14, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    They look amazing. Pefect with my coffee.

    • Reply Igor July 22, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      Aish, yes! I love them with a big (huge) cup of tea, but coffee is great too 🙂

  • Reply Sarah @ Champagne Tastes July 14, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Yum! I feel like I’ve eaten one of these before, but I can’t remember where. It looks delicious.. I need to branch out and make Greek desserts other than baklava 🙂

    • Reply Igor July 22, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      Ha ha, Sarah, I feel you. Baklava is everywhere. Everybody is making it, because it’s so famous. But Greece has other amazing desserts other than Baklava and Loukoumades is one of them!

  • Reply Noor July 15, 2016 at 1:47 am

    OMG! They look amazing can’t wait to try them. Thank you for sharing all your great ideas and recipes with us.

    • Reply Igor July 22, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      You are welcome, Noor! Thank you for stopping by and taking your time to write a comment 🙂

  • Reply Natalie July 15, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Wow, these look delicious! Beautiful work and gorgeous photography!

    • Reply Igor July 22, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind words, Natalie. I am glad you loved it!

  • Reply Jolina - The Unlikely Baker July 15, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    I love Greek food. They’re so flavourful and filling and just comfort food at its best! These donuts are no exception. You can’t go wrong with fried bread and honey! Delicious!

    • Reply Igor July 22, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      Jolina, I fully agree. Greek cuisine is surely one of the best in the world 🙂

  • Reply Cynthia July 15, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Looks like a fun snack and easy to make! We’ll to to give this a try.

    • Reply Igor July 22, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      Cynthia, try these cuties, they are worth every single minute spent making them!

  • Reply Diana July 15, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Wow these really do look amazing! There are similar Middle Eastern sweet balls they’re called awameh, they’re also very delicious! yum!

    • Reply Igor July 22, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks for the information, Diana! I am going to check awameh and maybe make them for the blog someday 🙂

  • Reply Tara July 16, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Love Loukoumades! Yours look amazing. I love the step-by-step photos.

    • Reply Igor July 22, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      Thank you for the kind words, Tara!

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