Loukoumades (Greek Doughnuts)


Η συνταγή και στα ελληνικά στο τέλος της ανάρτησης!

It is said that Loukoumádes are the first written ancient recipe in Europe and belongs to Greeks.

Ancient Greeks called them honey tokens. They had a round sharp shape like a disk and they offered them as a prize to the winners on the Olympic Games along with Kótinos, the olive tree wreath.

It is believed that this custom was established in honor of a humble baker who won the Olympic game of running around 776 B.C. and it was first recorded by the poet Callimachus. From then on loukoumades stayed as a dessert not only in Greece, but also in several other countries all over the world. There are different shapes and recipes and they have different names depending on the country that are found.


Basically, they are simple dough balls made with flour, dry yeast, water and starch, served warm with honey and cinnamon or syrup and cinnamon. Very easy to make and very popular among children of all ages.

Nowadays, they are served along with a cup of coffee, tea or chocolate in coffee shops or after a meal in tavernas. They are made also at homes for children to enjoy. I love loukoumades and I always love to end a good meal, having them as a dessert if I have such a choice. I’ve wanted for a long time to make them at home and my son was asking for them now and then.


So, last weekend I thought that the time had come and I found a recipe on the net that looked trustworthy enough to try, plus a fellow blogger friend Ola from Poland has asked me to send her a recipe for loukoumades. Her husband tried them in a recent trip to Greece and she wanted to recreate them at home. I had, then, two perfectly reasonable incentives to try and make them at home. They are very easy to make and so tasty. I didn’t make a syrup; I drizzled them with pure honey and cinnamon. They were to die for and so addictive you couldn’t stop to just one. In fact, I couldn’t stop to even one bowl full of them. I had to refill and I only stopped because I thought of the kilos that would settle in my thighs. This is their only disadvantage!


5.0 from 3 reviews
Loukoumades (Greek Doughnuts)
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Dessert
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Greek
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 200 gr. / 7 oz. all-purpose flour
  • 50 gr. / 1.7 oz corn starch
  • 1 envelope dry yeast about 9 gr. / 1 ½ tsp
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 280 gr. / 10 oz. lukewarm water
  • Corn or vegetable oil for frying and a little bit for wetting the teaspoon
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. In a glass bowl throw all the ingredients and whisk until they are all incorporated.
  2. Put aside for half an hour and let it rest in a warm place.
  3. In a deep pot pour vegetable oil and bring to 170° C / 340° F.
  4. Take a small bowl and add a small quantity of corn oil not from the pot, at room temperature.
  5. Dive the teaspoon to the small bowl of corn oil before taking a spoonful and pouring it in the pot of the hot oil.
  6. With this teaspoon start pouring spoonfuls of the batter in the pot making little balls.
  7. Let them fry for one minute and remove.
  8. Pour honey and cinnamon and eat them warm.
Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Recipe adapted from Akis Petretzikis

5.0 from 3 reviews
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Επιδόρπιο
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Ελληνική
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 200 γρ. αλεύρι για όλες τις χρήσεις
  • 50 γρ. κορν φλάουρ
  • 1 φάκελο ξηρή μαγιά
  • 1 πρέζα αλάτι
  • 1 κ.σ. μέλι
  • 280 γρ. νερό χλιαρό
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Σε ένα γυάλινο μπολ ρίξτε όλα τα συστατικά και ανακατέψτε μέχρι να ενσωματωθούν
  2. Βάλτε στην άκρη για μισή ώρα και αφήστε το να ξεκουραστεί σε ζεστό μέρος.
  3. Σε μια βαθιά κατσαρόλα ρίξτε το σπορέλαιο σε ψηλή θερμοκρασία να φτάσει τους 170° C.
  4. Σε ένα μπολάκι βάλτε λίγο σπορέλαιο.
  5. Πάρτε ένα κουταλάκι του γλυκού βάλτε το σπορέλαιο και πάρτε με αυτό λίγη από τη ζύμη των λουκουμάδων και ρίξτετη στην κατσαρόλα με το καυτό λάδι.
  6. Μ’αυτό τον τρόπο δημιουργούνται μικρά μπαλάκια.
  7. Κάθε λίγο βουτάτε το κουταλάκι στο μπολάκι με το σπορέλαιο για να γλυστράει η ζύμη.
  8. Αφήστε να τηγανιστούν για ένα λεπτό και βγάλτε τους με μία τρυπητή κουτάλα.
  9. Ρίξτε το μέλι και την καννέλα και φάτε τους ζεστούς.
Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Συνταγή προσαρμογή από αντίστοιχη του Άκη Πετρετζίκη

31 Responses to Loukoumades (Greek Doughnuts)

  1. Δημήτρης, says:

    στυς λουκουμαδες,,την διαφορα την κανει,το καψαλισμένο,σουσάμι..και το σωστο,σιρόπι,σε αναλογιες,,ο λουκουμας βουτιεται,μεσα στο κρυο σιροπι,ενω ειναι ζεστος,ολα αυτα,σε μια μπασινα
    ,το πρωτο,μου διαγωνισμα σαν καραβομαγειρας,πριν 28,χρονια,,!

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  3. Nettie says:

    They sure do look addictive and delicious! Nettie

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  5. I am seriously craving this now. Love love doughnuts.

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  7. mjskit says:

    These reminds me of a similar treat we have here in New Mexico called sopapilla…a fried warm bread product served with honey. My mouth is watering in anticipation!

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  9. Stephanie says:

    YUM! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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  11. marcela says:

    These donuts look awesome! I wish I could try them right now…
    I wish you a wonderful week, dear!

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  13. These are so stunning and sound delicious. As always I love reading your post and getting some history about the food and legends in Greece.

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  15. They look absolutely delicious! I can finish them all…

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  17. rebecca says:

    love these they have them at a local Greek festival and fun history

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  19. Liz says:

    Yes, I’d be scared to eat just one as I know I’d finish the bowl! They look amazing!!!

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  21. Debra says:

    I love everything about these (granted except the extra pounds, like you point out). !!!!!

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  23. Miz Helen says:

    We would just love your awesome Doughnuts, they look awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday this week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  25. I could so eat this whole plate of wonderfulness! I bet they are just amazing hot and fresh drizzled with honey. I can’t even let the boys see this recipe or they will be waking me up early Saturday morning to make this for breakfast.

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  27. Barbara says:

    I should never have read this before breakfast!! Now I want those honeyed donuts to be in MY kitchen. They look absolutely delicious, Katerina!

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  29. Juliana says:

    These little donuts bite look great Katerina…I love that it is served with cinnamon…and warm…
    Enjoy the rest of your week my dear :)

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  31. Susan says:

    They must taste divine warm from the fryer and drizzled with honey and cinnamon! What an delicious, ancient recipe.

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  33. Xρόνια πολλά!
    Χριστός Ανέστη!

    Ααααα απο χτες με κυνηγαν οι λουκουμάδες… στο τελος θα τους χτυπήσω, δεν θα μου γλιτώσουν 😉


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  35. Sissi says:

    This is definitely a very historical recipe! Thank you once more for educating us, dear Katerina. The doughnuts look really beautiful and your post makes me think they are ancestors of Polish doughnuts too!

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  37. mia maria says:

    Χρόνια πολλά Κατερίνα μου! Υπέροχα τα λουκουμαδάκια!

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  39. Sammie says:

    Wow these Greek Donuts look fabulous! And I really love the foodstyling you’ve got here!

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  41. Από τα πιο υπέροχα, νοσταλγικά και μαμαδίστικα πρωινά!
    Και το σερβίρισμα με μέλι και κανέλα κάνει τους λουκουμάδες απλά θεϊκούς!
    Φιλιά πολλά και Χρόνια πολλά Κατερίνα μου!

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  43. peps says:

    Η φωτογραφία τα λέει όλα!!!!!
    Έτσι μ’ αρέσουν,σαν μικρά μπαλάκια!

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  45. I think the kid in me would love these yummy doughnuts.

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  47. Oh, these look so fantastic! Yum!

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  49. Joanne says:

    These are my favorite Greek sweet treat!!

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  51. Ola says:

    Katerina, I can only confirm, I made them accoring to your recipe and were perfect! In colder days I am definitely going to repeat them from time to time:) I must work out the perfect round shape:)

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  53. Kate says:

    No one knows how to use honey like the Greeks.

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  55. nipponnin says:

    Looks adorable! I would like to make this cuties though, I’m afraid I can’t stop at one doughnuts.

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  57. mila furman says:

    These look wonderful!!! I have been looking to make some homemade doughnut holes…and I think you convinced me!!!

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  59. grace says:

    we ordered some of these at a local restaurant that prides itself on its mediterranean cuisine, but they were a disappointment! not freshly made perhaps. these look glorious!

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  61. I wish I could taste one now. They look so inviting!

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