I’ll be honest – I don’t know all that much about Hanukkah.
I know there’s a sweet song about dreidels made out of clay that we sang every year in elementary school, and I know that I was super jealous of all my friends who celebrated the holiday because they had EIGHT days of presents instead of my one… aaaaaand that’s about it.
But now I know that many people celebrate Hanukkah by making these super tasty treats called Sufganiyot
and I’m even more jealous. Santa’s not getting cookies this year; he’s getting jelly doughnuts!
All you need to make these delicious deep-fried delicacies are a few easy-to-find ingredients, a little patience and a lot of excitement for homemade jelly doughnuts (which shouldn’t be too hard to conjure up) and in one afternoon, you’ve got a sweet holiday treat.
Time to make the doughnuts!
First, make the dough. This is an enriched yeast dough, kind of like brioche, which means it has a higher percentage of fat from the eggs and butter and also is super easy to work with. Oh, and it’s DELICIOUS.
Let that thang rise in a bowl until doubled, then roll it out and cut it into small circles.
Allow the circles to rest for a few minutes (they’ve been through a lot). In the meantime, heat up some oil on the stovetop to a whopping 370 degrees (this is also the time when shoes and socks, long sleeves and an apron are highly encouraged to protect yo’self from the hot, hot, hot oil. Little ones probably shouldn’t be too near, either). Fry the doughnuts a few at a time until they’re nice and golden brown and, you know, doughnut-like.
Time to fill the doughnuts! Use a skewer to poke a hole in the side of each doughnut…
Then pipe a couple teaspoons of your favorite seedless jam into the hole. I used strawberry, but raspberry, sour cherry and even fig jam can rock your socks, too.
Finally, dust the tops of the doughnuts with powdered sugar and serve warm.
ERMAGERDNESS. With these treats around, it certainly is a Happy Hanukkah!
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