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Loukoumades (Zvingoi)

Honey Doughnuts

Loukoumades, small puffy dough fritters flavored with honey, are a Greek specialty particularly favored by the Jewish population. Called zvingoi by Romaniote Jews, these sweets have been enjoyed by Greeks and Greek Jews since Byzantine times. They are particularly popular during Hanukkah, when it's traditional to eat fried foods in commemoration of the miracle of the one-day supply of oil that lasted 8 days.

I was surprised at how easy and delicious this recipe was. The loukoumades were very light and tasty even without the added honey. I did like the additional flavor of the cinnamon and walnuts, and I think they'll be great with all sorts of toppings. Loukoumades



  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil + more for frying
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • honey
  • cinnamon
  • chopped walnuts


Sift the flour and baking powder together into a medium-size bowl. Add the sugar, oil, milk and egg. Mix well.

Pour about 1 of oil onto a frying pan and heat on medium-high until sizzling. Drop the batter, 1 teaspoon at the time, dipping the teaspoon in a bowl of cool water in between to make it easier to drop the batter. Cook until golden on both sides, flipping midway.

Drain on paper towels. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with cinnamon and walnuts. Serve.

Adapted from a recipe at

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