Loukoumades (Greek Doughnuts) Recipe


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Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 80 servings
Yield: 80 doughnuts
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
81 Calories
2g Fat
15g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 80
Amount per serving
Calories 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 27mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 13mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Loukoumades (loo-koo-MAH-thes) is the Greek version of a doughnut.

You’ll notice that a good portion of Greek desserts and other sweet treats are made with honey. Be sure to buy local honey when you can. It’s said that eating local honey helps build immunities against allergies.

These taste best served with strong coffee and a newspaper, the old-fashioned paper kind is best, but digital will do.


  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast

  • 1 cup lukewarm water, for the yeast

  • 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • Warm water, as needed

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 1 cup honey

  • 1 cup water

  • Ground cinnamon, for garnish

  • 1 cup oil, more or less, for frying

Steps to Make It

  1. Clean off a space to place the freshly cooked doughnuts. Spread newspaper and paper towels over the top of it.

  2. Dissolve the yeast in 1 cup lukewarm water and let it set for 10 to 15 minutes.

  3. Sift the flour and salt together. Make a hole in the flour and pour in the yeast mixture.

  4. Combine the mixture gently while continuously adding more warm until a soft and sticky dough forms.

  5. Cover the dough with a clean, damp dishtowel.

  6. Allow the dough to double in size.

  7. Bring the sugar, honey, and 1 cup water to a boil and boil it for 6 minutes.

  8. Remove it from the high heat, but keep it warm.

  9. Heat oil in a deep fryer or in a deep skillet.

  10. Use a tablespoon measuring spoon to drop the batter into the hot oil.

  11. When the batter begins to float, and it is golden and puffy, remove it to drain on paper towels.

  12. Place the doughnuts on a serving platter. Lastly, pour the syrup over the hot doughnuts and sprinkle them with cinnamon.