These Ube Donut Holes Are Our Riff on the Greek Loukamades

Talia Cortez (@taliacor)

Meya Cortez (@meyarrr),
Jerome Jocson (@emowredge)

Jica Simpas (@jicasimpas)

Loukamades are Greeks’ version of donuts—fried dough balls tossed in honey and walnuts. They’re a sweet, fluffy snack that’s both light and indulgent. It’s a dish that we thought everyone would love to have for merienda. So we gave it our little spin. While you can go the traditional route vis a vis flavoring, you can try our version, which covers these donut holes in a rich ube glaze.

Sorry, these are not purple kwek-kwek.

Loukamades should be fluffy. But this recipe results in a chewier donut, so there’s a bite to it. If you didn’t know, you would think it was a mochi donut. (But it’s not.)

It’s easiest to fry these babies using a piping bag (it also helps in keeping everything the same shape). But if you don’t have one, you can just use two metal spoons: one to scoop out the dough, the other to push it into the hot oil. Remember to make sure your glaze is warm and liquid before throwing in your fried dough!

Ube Donut Holes Recipe



Serving Size

6-8 people

Active Time

30 mins

Total Time

30 mins + 2hrs

Special Tools

  • Piping bag, optional


  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp. yeast
  • 1/2 tbsp. ube extract
  • Oil, for frying


  • 1 tsp. ube extract
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. milk

Instructions for Ube Donut Holes

  1. To make the donuts, mix together flour, milk, sugar, yeast, and ube extract until well combined.
  2. Cover the bowl with a towel or plastic wrap and leave in a warm place to rise, about 2 hours.
  3. To make the glaze, whisk together ube extract, powdered sugar, and milk.
  4. Set aside, covered, to keep the glaze from hardening. If glaze hardens before using, heat in the microwave and whisk until just liquid.
  5. To fry the donuts, heat oil over medium to 350F.
  6. Drop the dough into the oil by the tablespoon, alternatively use a piping bag to drop the dough in.
  7. Fry until donuts float to the top and are golden brown.
  8. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels.
  9. Fry all donuts then place all the donuts into the glaze and toss until evenly coated.
  10. Pour donuts out of the bowl into a wire rack and let the glaze harden completely before serving.

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