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Loukoumathes me Portokali: Orange Honey Puffs

n Greek: λουκουμάδες με πορτοκάλι, pronounced loo-koo-MAH-thes meh por- toh-KAH-lee

This recipe for these delightful small puffs of fried dough is another version of the honey-drizzledtraditional loukoumathes recipe. Instead of being drizzled with honey, they are dipped in a delicious orange-flavored syrup. A favorite Hanukkah treat.

Loukoumathes - Greek Honey Puffs

Loukoumathes – Greek Honey Puffs

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons of shortening
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon of grated orange rind
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
  • oil for frying
  • ———-
  • For the syrup:
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of honey
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons of orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • ———-
  • sugar
  • cinnamon


Cream together the shortening and sugar. Add egg yolks, vanilla, and orange rind. Stir in milk. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Add dry mixture to liquid mixture and beat smooth.

Drop batter by teaspoonful into deep (2-3 inches) hot oil (dip spoon in water each time before dipping so batter will not stick). Fry until golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper and then soak (dip) the balls into the honey syrup, and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.

Syrup:Boil together for 5 minutes and dip the loukoumathes in the syrup while syrup is hot.

Yield: Makes about 5 dozen balls.

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