Make Your Hanukkah Celebration Sweeter with Sufganiyot

Sufganiyot are traditional jelly donuts that are eaten during the eight days of Hanukkah. These fluffy, fried doughnuts are filled with your favourite jam or jelly and are typically dusted with powdered sugar for an extra touch of sweetness. Making sufganiyot at home is easier than you might think, and the end result is a delicious treat that your family and friends will love.

What kind of jelly or jam should I use to fill my sufganiyot?

You can use any flavour of jam or jelly that you like. Raspberry, strawberry, and apricot are popular.

How long does it take to make sufganiyot?

The dough needs to rise twice, which takes about an hour in total. Frying the doughnuts takes a few minutes per batch, but overall the process should take about 2-3 hours.

Can I freeze sufganiyot?

Yes, sufganiyot can be frozen. Once thoroughly cooled, place them in an airtight container and freeze them for up to 2 months.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 package) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Jam or jelly of your choice for filling
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water and let it sit for 5 minutes until it becomes frothy.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, and salt. Add the eggs, butter, milk, vanilla extract, and yeast mixture, and mix until a smooth dough forms.
  3. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes until it becomes elastic and smooth. Cover the bowl with a clean towel and let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free place for about 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.
  4. Punch down the dough and roll it out on a floured surface to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Use a round cookie cutter or a drinking glass to cut out circles of dough. Place the circles on a floured baking sheet and let them rise for another 30 minutes.
  5. Heat the vegetable oil in a deep fryer or a heavy-bottomed pot to 375°F. Fry the doughnuts in batches, turning them over once until they are golden brown and puffed up, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  6. Use a slotted spoon to remove the doughnuts from the oil and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain off excess oil.
  7. Once the doughnuts have cooled down a bit, use a piping bag or a small spoon to fill them with your favourite jam or jelly.
  8. Dust the sufganiyot with powdered sugar and serve them warm.

Sufganiyot is a delicious and festive Hanukkah treat that’s easy to make at home. With just a few simple ingredients and some patience, you can create fluffy, fried doughnuts that are filled with your favourite jam or jelly. Whether you’re celebrating with family and friends or just looking for a fun way to get in the holiday spirit, sufganiyot are a wonderful addition to any Hanukkah celebration. So why not give this recipe a try and create some new memories with your loved ones this year? Happy Hanukkah!

Rusty Burlington

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  • Rusty Griswold

    Since 2015, I have been building my light display to celebrate the holiday season and experimenting with various recipes to bring people together around the table. I have learned many do's and don'ts in both areas along the way, and share them with everyone via the rustygriswold.ca website.

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