Honey Drizzled Cinnamon Nuggets

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Many cultures have their own version of a doughnut, and Greeks are no exception.  Greek doughnuts are known as loukoumades, and they are fried dough drizzled with warm honey and topped with cinnamon and walnuts.  It is hard to describe how good they are.  You literally need a moment when you take your first bite.  In general, I am not a doughnut eater, but I make an exception for these.  I usually eat them once a year at the local Greek Festival.  I never make them at home, because frankly it would be too dangerous :).  However, several weeks ago I made some garlic knots and their texture reminded me of loukoumades …. which got me thinking.  I decided to use my garlic knot recipe and create a treat inspired by loukoumades.  These are baked cinnamon nuggets of bread topped with warm honey.  Their texture and flavor are definitely reminiscent of loukoumades, but with much less fat.

They are chewy, soft and not too sweet. Truly a delicious and inspired treat!

Honey Drizzled Cinnamon Nuggets

40 cinnamon nuggets

Honey Drizzled Cinnamon Nuggets

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour (I use unbleached)
  • 1 1/4 cup warm water (not hot)
  • 2 tsp. active dry yeast (a little under a packet)
  • 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil (I use extra virgin)
  • 1 cup honey (for topping)
  • Sift the flour and cinnamon, and then add the sugar and salt. Stir well with a whisk and set aside. In a warmed mixing bowl, add the water and sprinkle the yeast on top. Let sit for 3 to 5 minutes and then ensure it is incorporated. Add the olive oil and flour mixture. If you are using a mixer, turn it on low, mix until it comes together for about a minute. Add extra flour if needed. Knead on low for an additional 3.5 minutes. The dough should not be sticky and should spring back when poked. Form a ball and place in an oiled bowl and lightly oil the dough on top.
  • Loosely cover with a towel or plastic wrap, and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in bulk in a draft-free spot. Gently remove the dough and place on a scantly floured surface. Pat into a rectangle and fold over three times into another rectangle. Cut into 2 pieces and form 2 balls. Place each in a greased bowl, and loosely cover and let rise for an additional 30 minutes in a draft-free spot.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a pan and set aside.
  • Turn the dough out on a floured surface, and flatten out until you reach 1/2 inch thickness. Cut the dough into 2 inch thick strips. Then cut each strip into 1.5 inch long ‘nuggets’. Place on a greased pan and in the 400 degree oven. Let bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the bottom and top just start to brown. Be careful not to burn these.
  • While the ‘nuggets’ are baking, add the honey to a pot over low heat and just heat through.
  • As soon as the nuggets come out of the oven, drizzle or toss them with warm honey. Serve immediately.
  • Notes

    #1 Only put honey on the nuggets you are going to eat right away (freeze for longer storage). Add honey when you eat the remainder.

    #2 Eat these without honey to cut down on sugar. They are a very nice lightly sweetened snack.

    #3 Serve these to your little ones as a fun snack. My kids love them!

    11 Responses to“Honey Drizzled Cinnamon Nuggets”

    1. 05/07/2015 at 3:27 pm #

      These nuggets look amazing! I wish I had some with a nice cup of coffee now! Thanks for sharing!!
      *Lia

    2. 05/07/2015 at 3:28 pm #

      PS: I’m not much of a baker even though I love to eat sweets!…do you think I could use bought pizza-dough for these instead of making my own dough?
      Thanks!

      • Zoale.com
        05/07/2015 at 4:20 pm #

        Thanks Lia! They are delicious with coffee or a latte 🙂

        I think you could, although the cinnamon and sugar will not incorporate as well. Try this: Flatten the dough out and lightly brush with butter. Mix the sugar and cinnamon, and then evenly sprinkle on. Roll up tightly and then knead the dough a little. Flatten back out to 1/2 inch thickness and follow the recipe instructions for cutting the nuggets. If there is not enough cinnamon taste, try sprinkling a little on after you drizzle it with the warm honey. Good luck and let me know if you have any questions. I hope this helps.

        • 05/07/2015 at 9:00 pm #

          Oh wow, thank you for this detailed instruction! I’ll try it out…I’m lucky to live next door to a pizzeria so getting freshly made dough is easy!
          Thanks — now I ‘m really inspired to make them 🙂

        • Zoale.com
          05/07/2015 at 10:38 pm #

          Awesome and you are welcome 🙂

    3. 05/07/2015 at 8:46 pm #

      I don’t think I have ever tried them! They look fantastic – so perfect for breakfast with a good cup of coffee or a cappuccino. If I close my eyes, I can imagine them in my mouth. A dream coming true! 😉

      • Zoale.com
        05/07/2015 at 10:45 pm #

        Thank you Francesca! They are really good with coffee, and I enjoy them with an iced latte the most 🙂 They are also really good without the honey, and taste like a lightly sweetened cinnamon bread. I know you don’t like a lot of sweetness, so if you try them you can exclude the honey 🙂

    4. Sandhya
      05/07/2015 at 11:32 pm #

      Antonia, these look so yummy! Wow the aroma must fill your house when baking.

      • Zoale.com
        05/08/2015 at 9:27 am #

        Thanks Sandhya! There is nothing like the smell of cinnamon! It’s a good thing they only take 10 minutes to bake 🙂

    5. 05/14/2015 at 8:53 am #

      Please I need this deliciousness…

      • Zoale.com
        05/14/2015 at 9:18 am #

        They are so yummy Swapna! There is just something about honey and cinnamon together, isn’t there? Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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