Greek Honey Fritters – Loukoumades
Greek Honey Fritters – Loukoumades: Puffy fritters that are drizzled in honey syrup. These are Greek donuts that are deep fried golden brown.
For the honey syrup:
- 3/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cinnamon stick
For the Honey Fritters:
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon instant yeast (I use SAF)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 cup warm water (approximately 100 degrees)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Canola oil for frying
- Sprinkle of cinnamon (to taste)
- To make the honey syrup: In a small saucepan over medium heat, add the honey, sugar, and water.
- Heat to a low bubble. Add the cinnamon stick and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Do not let it get too hot or it will boil over. The hot sugar can burn quickly.
- Once it begins to thicken, lower the heat to warm while you make the fritters.
- To make the fritters: In a medium bowl, add the flour, sugar, and yeast. Stir to combine.
- In a liquid measuring cup, add water and vanilla. Stir to combine.
- Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients and stir until it starts to come together. Add the salt and stir to a thick batter. Set aside.
- In a medium skillet, add 2 inches of oil.
- Heat over medium high until the oil reaches 325 degrees. When cooking the fritters, do not let the oil go over about 350 degrees or they will overcook.
- Scoop or spoon batter into the oil forming the fritters. Fry in batches on each side until browned. This only takes a few minutes.
- When the fritters are done, remove to a paper towel lined plate.
- Allow the fritters to cool until just barely warm. This will allow the insides to finish cooking.
- Serve the fritters drizzled with honey syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon.