In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 2 cups warm water, proof
for 5 minutes. Add 2 cups of flour to the yeast mixture, whisk
to incorporate. Add in the milk and eggs
. When fully mixed, add in the other 2 cups of flour. Batter should be thick but not solid, if necessary, thin with more water. Whisk in vanilla
. Cover and let rise for about 2 hours.
For the syrup, in a small pot mix together the honey, sugar
, and water and bring to a boil, turn down and simmer
until completely dissolved and keep warm.
Heat the oil to 360 degrees and with a large spoon, drop the batter
into the hot oil. It will immediately puff and come to the surface. When golden brown on both sides, remove with a slotted spoon and drain
on paper towels. Drizzle
with warm syrup and sprinkle with cinnamon
. Serve immediately.