Mia Kouppa’s Tiganites – Greek Pancake with Honey and Cinnamon Recipe

“We’re thrilled to share with you our family recipe for tiganites. This simple recipe comes from our parents who were born and raised in Messinia in the Peloponnese 

Growing up these fried, flattened pancake like fritters were served warm with a generous amount of honey and some cinnamon sprinkled on top. It always felt special when our mom would serve up a platter of tiganites when we were growing up, and we hope you love them as much as we do.”

Photos and recipe by Helen & Billie @miakouppa 

Mia Kouppa's Tiganites - Greek Pancake with Honey and Cinnamon Recipe

Fried, flattened pancake like fritters, served warm with a generous amount of honey and some cinnamon sprinkled on top.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Greek
Keyword greek sweets


  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • ½ sugar
  • 125 ml warm water
  • 485-525 g plain or all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 375-500 ml water
  • Sunflower oil for frying
  • Honey for drizzling over warm tiganites


Preparing the batter

  1. In a medium size bowl combine the yeast, sugar and 125ml warm water

  2. Combine well and let sit for approximately 5 minutes – you should see some bubbling on the surface, if you don’t, your yeast may not be active and your dough may not rise

  3. In a large bowl stir together the flour and salt. Using 400g of this mixture, add350ml water and the yeast-sugar-warm-water mixture

  4. Using a hand-held mixture, mix till well combined

  5. Check the consistency of your dough; it should not be too thick or too runny – see

    video. If it’s too runny, add more flour. If it’s too thick add, more water.

  6. Allow dough to rest, covered with cling film, for approximately 60 minutes

Making the tiganites

  1. After your dough has rested, heat approximately 2cm of oil in a frying pan and drop heaped tablespoons of dough into the hot oil

  2. Repeat to add as many tiganites as you can in the pan without it being over-crowded - your tiganites should be approximately the size of a playing card

  3. Fry for approximately 3 minutes per side, until golden brown and cooked through

  4. Transfer your fried tiganites to a paper towel lined dish and repeat with the rest of

    your dough

Serving the tiganites

  1. Serve warm, topped with plenty of honey.

    Kali Orexi!

Recipe Video

Key Points

• If you would prefer not to cook all of your tiganites at once, your dough can keep for a few days in the refrigerator

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