Date Posted: 8/9/2005
2 Tbsp active dry yeast, dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water
1 Tbsp sugar
2 cups milk
3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup honey
1 cup water
2 cups sugar (or Splenda)
vegetable oil for frying (approx. 2 cups)
ground walnuts (optional)
Combine the yeast-water mixture with sugar, milk, flour, and egg to make a very thick, sticky batter (like a dough). Cover with plastic wrap and a damp towel; let rise for 1 hour.
Prepare the syrup:
Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 15 minutes. (Syrup should be warm when dribbled over the fritters)
In a deep frying pan, heat 3 inches of oil to 360 degrees (sprinkle a couple drops of water in hot oil and if it pops it's ready to go)
Drop round tablespoonfuls of batter into oil and fry until golden on all sides. Remove fritters from oil and drain on paper towels. Dribble warm syrup over them. Place on racks to drain and sprinkle cinnamon (and chopped nuts) over top. Serve immediately.
(Variations: instead of syrup, warmed honey can be used as a topping. Place one 16 ounce jar of honey, uncovered, in hot water. Simmer until warm. Dribble warmed honey over the puffs... You may also mix powdered sugar and water to make a glaze and drizzle over as a topping.
This is an old Greek family recipe of my husband's--my mother-in-law taught me how to make them and they are VERY yummy and an old family tradition! (we make them for every holiday and when we get a sweet donut craving! :)