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Loukoumathes - Honey PuffsLoukoumathes are small donuts, delightful light-as-air puffs. In many areas of Greece, loukoumathes (also loukoumades) are a New Year's Eve tradition, and they are also made to celebrate the name day of St. Barbara (December 4). The Greek Jewish community also includes these small honeyed puffs at Hanukkah.

This basic recipe for Loukoumathes calls for a hefty helping of baking powder to create these light puffs of fried dough that are drizzled with honey and sprinkled with nuts and cinnamon.

Loukoumathes Recipes

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