Offering: Honey Balls with and Saffron and Cinnamon

This is a traditional hellenic sweet recipe that has as main ingredients flour, honey and cinnamon. It can be used as offering so in special occasions as in every day offering routine. Total preparation and cooking time: 45 minutes.


  • ½ cup of warm water (not too hot, but not too cold)
  • ¼ tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp yeast
  • 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • cinnamon
  • saffron
  • flour


  1. In a big bowl add the warm water, then the sugar and sprinkle the yeast over the warm water.
  2. Stir the mix well and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the olive oil and the salt.
  4. Stir the mix well.
  5. Add saffron and stir well.
  6. Gradually add flour until you make a thick mush. (when you take a table-spoon, the mush must stay on the spoon and it should not roll easily)
  7. Cover the bowl and let it rest and rise for 15 minutes.
  8. Heat oil in a deep fryer.
  9. With a wet spoon (not to stick on the spoon and roll easily in the fryer) scoop one table spoon of dough. Keep a cup of water close, wetting the spoon each time you make a dough ball.
  10. Fry until you see golden-brown spots.
  11. Gently set the honey balls aside to drain on kitchen towels.
  12. Drizzle the honey balls with honey and sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve warm.

Note In the serving step there are some alternates. You can serve the balls without honey. You can add only powdered sugar or only chocolate. The traditional and common serve is this with honey and cinnamon.

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