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Grandma’s delicious donuts or ‘loukoumades’

It’s months since we met Grandma Pigi on the little island of Sifnos but we’ve kept in touch. She cooked us many delicious traditional Greek dishes including these scrumptious donuts or ‘loukoumades’.


• 2 x 8g sachets of instant yeast

• 2 glasses of lukewarm water

• A little salt

• ½ kilo of all-purpose flour

• 1 kg of corn oil

• 250g of honey

• 250g of Nutella

• 200g of coarse nuts


• In a large bowl pour the two glasses of lukewarm water a small spoon of honey, a little salt and the 2 yeast sachets. Stir well to dissolve.

• Slowly add the flour as you mix until it is the consistency of thick cream.

• Simultaneously put all the oil in a saucepan and place it in the oven at a temperature less than the highest temperature and allow it to warm up well.

• Put the mixture to rest and inflate.

• When the oil has warmed up and the mixture has risen, take a small spoon, scoop as little as a teaspoonful and pour it into the hot oil.

• Fill it to the surface

• When the balls (like little golf balls!) turn a golden colour, put them it in a container lined with paper towels to absorb the oil.

• Repeat the process until the mixture is finished.

• Then sprinkle the donuts with hot Nutella or honey and coarse nuts.

• Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Kali Orexi! (Bon appetit!)