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Loukoumades - Greek Honey Balls (Easy Homemade Donuts)

A Greek version of fried donuts with only 5 ingredients. Tasting so good, with crisp outer edges and soft spongy insides!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: dairy-free, fried
Servings: 40 donuts
Calories: 183kcal


For The Dough:

  • 500 grams / 17.6 oz all purpose flour
  • 500 grams / 17.6 oz lukewarm water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 9 grams / 0.3 oz dry yeast

For The Topping:

  • honey
  • icing sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • walnuts coarsley chopped


  • In a large bowl combine all ingredients for the dough.
  • Preheat oven to 45°C / 113 °F.
  • Cover the bowl with a dampened tea towel and add in the oven.
  • Turn off the heat and let the dough rise for about 30-45 minutes. Or leave it until the dough has tripled in size.
  • Add plenty of frying oil in a pan and heat over high heat. Fill a glass with cold water and keep aside (use this water to dip your teaspoon in, after each time you're about to take a spoonful of the dough, see next step).
  • Grab a handful of the dough, and squeeze it in order for it to get out at the top of your fist. With a teaspoon, scrape the excess dough (about a spoonful of a teaspoon) from the top of your fist and add it to the hot oil. Repeat this process to create as many donuts as you like.
    Cutting The Dough
  • Cook for a minute or two on each side until they get a deep golden color. Use two forks in order to flip them. NOTE: Make sure they're not overcrowded in the pan.
  • Using a skimmer transfer the donuts on paper towels to drain excess oil.
    Frying Puff Balls
  • Sprinkle with lots of honey, icing sugar, cinnamon, walnuts, or any other topping of your liking.
  • Don't forget to eat them while they're warm otherwise they get spongy when they're cold.


-You may fry as many puff balls as you want and then store the rest of the dough in the fridge for up to 48 hours.
-You can also store the frying oil in a jar once it cools down, for the next time you'll make them.


Serving: 1donut | Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 8g