Loukoumades

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Loukoumades (Greek Donuts)

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Prep

15 minutes

Cook

15 minutes

Yield

12 -16 donuts

Loukoumades are a fried Greek donut that are so delicious. They are not too sweet, and can be personalized with your fav toppings.

Picture donut holes or Timbits but like 100 times better. These loukoumades are the Greek’s take on a delicious donut bite. They are fried honey puffs and sweet, have a bit of a crunch, and seriously it’s so hard just to eat one.

Loukoumades in a bowl

❤️ Why You’ll Love Loukoumades

  • Quick: You can make these donuts in just 30 minutes, and then you let them rest before they’re ready to devour
  • Bit-Size: I love a good treat that I can pop in my mouth in one bit, your kids will love these too
  • Customizable: Sprinkle the top with icing sugar, nuts, sprinkles, or even a drizzle of chocolate

🍲 Ingredients

Active Dry Yeast – It’s important to always use the right yeast in baking to ensure your dish turns out correctly. Active dry yeast describes a yeast that will need to be activated before you use it, follow the package directions to do so. Instant dry yeast is ready to use right out of the package without any additional steps.

Whole Milk – Using whole milk in this recipe provides the right consistency. I know it’s not something most of us keep in the fridge, but trust me on this one.

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👩‍🍳 How to Make Loukoumades

  1. Add the warm water (temperature should be very warm to the touch but not too hot that you can’t hold a finger in the water for a few seconds), sugar and yeast to a large mixing bowl. Whisk to combine and then let sit for 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy and foamy.
  2. Add the warm milk (temperature should be very warm to the touch but not too hot that you can’t hold a finger in the water for a few seconds), all of the flour, salt and all of the olive oil. Mix with a wooden spoon fairly vigorously until combined, about 2 minutes, until a sticky / smooth batter forms.
  3. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place to rise for at least an hour, until the dough has doubled in size.
  4. Layer a plate with paper towel for the donuts once cooked and set aside.
  5. After the dough has risen, in a high sided medium-sized pot, fill about half way with oil. Heat on medium heat until hot – you can test how hot the oil is by putting in a small pinch of dough and if it starts to sizzle the oil is ready.
  6. Oil your hands or a spoon / small scoop and use them to scoop out about 1 tbsp of dough per donut and roll into a ball using your hands. Add each donut to the hot oil, you can fry 3-5 at a time. Fry for 2-3 minutes total, flipping the donuts every 30 seconds – 1 minutes until they are a deep golden brown on each side.
  7. Remove the cooked donuts with a slotted spoon to the paper towel lined baking sheet or plate and continue to cook donuts in baches until all of the dough is used.
  8. Serve the donuts drizzled with honey and cinnamon.

🪄 Tips and Tricks

  • Other topping options for the donuts include: Nutella, chopped walnuts, chopped pistachios, or icing sugar
  • If you love this Greek baking recipe, check out our Baklava Recipe or Pita Recipe with savory and sweet filling options

🗒 Variations

  • Drizzle your donuts with Nutella, peanut, or other nut butter, or even swap the honey for maple syrup
  • Add chopped pistachios, pecans, or your favorite nut on the outside
  • Sprinkle the donuts with icing sugar or sprinkles
Bowl of  loukoumades


🗒 Best served with

  • A glass of milk, coffee or tea for dipping
  • Your favorite fruit salad like this recipe

👝 How to Store Leftovers

They are so good when they are fresh, but they are also good for the next few days to follow. Just store in an airtight container and leave the drizzle of honey and cinnamon until you are ready to eat.

🤔 Common Questions

What are loukoumades made of?

Essentially they are loose yeast dough, deep fried, and drizzled in honey, sugar syrup, or even plain.

What do loukoumades taste like?

They are fried and sweet, but not too sweet. That’s why I love them!

Loukoumades (Greek Donuts)

5 from 1 vote
Loukoumades are a fried Greek donut that are so delicious. They are not too sweet, and can be personalized with your fav toppings.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Greek
Servings 12 -16 donuts
Calories 59 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup warm whole milk
  • 1 cup plus 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp olive oil
  • vegetable oil or avocado oil for frying

Toppings

  • honey
  • cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Add the warm water (temperature should be very warm to the touch but not too hot that you can’t hold a finger in the water for a few seconds), sugar and yeast to a large mixing bowl. Whisk to combine and then let sit for 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy and foamy.
  • Add the warm milk (temperature should be very warm to the touch but not too hot that you can’t hold a finger in the water for a few seconds), all of the flour, salt and all of the olive oil. Mix with a wooden spoon fairly vigorously until combined, about 2 minutes, until a sticky / smooth batter forms.
  • Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place to rise for at least an hour, until the dough has doubled in size.
  • Layer a plate with paper towel for the donuts once cooked and set aside.
  • After the dough has risen, in a high sided medium-sized pot, fill about half way with oil. Heat on medium heat until hot – you can test how hot the oil is by putting in a small pinch of dough and if it starts to sizzle the oil is ready.
  • Oil your hands or a spoon / small scoop and use them to scoop out about 1 tbsp of dough per donut and roll into a ball using your hands.
  • Add each donut to the hot oil, you can fry 3-5 at a time. Fry for 2-3 minutes total, flipping the donuts every 30 seconds – 1 minutes until they are a deep golden brown on each side.
  • Remove the cooked donuts with a slotted spoon to the paper towel lined baking sheet or plate and continue to cook donuts in baches until all of the dough is used.
  • Serve the donuts drizzled with honey and cinnamon.

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Notes

  • Other topping options for the donuts include: nutella, chopped walnuts, chopped pistachios or icing sugar.
  • If you love this Greek baking recipe, check out our Baklava Recipe or Pita Recipe with savory and sweet filling options.

Nutrition

Calories: 59kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.9g | Protein: 1.7g | Fat: 1.7g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.2g | Cholesterol: 0.1mg | Sodium: 52.1mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 1.1g
Review This Recipe Let us know how it was!
Danielle Mendoza

Hi! Can I replace the olive oil with butter? if so how many tablespoon? thanks very much!

Maria Koutsogiannis

We didn’t test them that way but feel free to play around with the exact ratios.

Chrysa Brothers

5 stars
Fabulous recipe! Did not roll into balls just gently spooned batter into oil for cooking.

Maria Koutsogiannis

love this so much!!! just like my grandma!

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