Prep 15 mins
Cook 5 mins
These small puffs of fried dough are another version of the honey-drizzled traditional loukoumathes recipe. Instead of being drizzled with honey, they are dipped in a delicious orange-flavored syrup. A favorite Hanukkah treat. Trying to add a Greek recipe or two to my cookbook.
- 2 tablespoons shortening
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 4 egg yolks
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon of grated orange rind
- 1 cup milk
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- oil (for frying)
For the syrup
- 1 1⁄2 cups water
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 -3 tablespoons orange juice, freshly squeezed
- 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 and your finger 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.
- Add water, honey, sugar and orange juice into a sauce pan.
- Boil together for 5 minutes and dip the loukoumathes in the syrup while syrup is hot.