M'Norah Mo' Problems

M'Norah Mo' Problems: Sufganiyot aka The Best Jelly Donuts Ever

We’ve already discussed the crucial role that oil, and the frying of things therein, plays in celebrating Hanuka to its fullest. The less potato-y and more sugary cousin of the latke is the jelly donut. When you make them for Hanuka they’re called sufganiyot, because it’s a foreign word and makes the donuts taste more exotic.

Basically you fry up some dough, stuff it with jelly, throw on some powdered sugar, and go to town on it. I mean, you could also just walk down to Krispy Kreme, but what’s the fun in that? Grab an apron and go on an adventure! I perused the interwebs for some recipes, and even though Martha Stewart and Epicurious have some good looking ones, I decided to post this old school one for you guys. Enjoy!

You’ll need:

  • 2 packages yeast
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 or 5 cups. flour
  • 3 egg yolks
  • Jelly of your choice for filling
  • Powdered Sugar

Mix water, sugar, juice, and yeast. Let stand 10 minutes. Melt margarine and add to yeast mixture. Beat in eggs and salt. Add flour, mixing and kneading by hand to form a soft dough. Let rise 1-1/2 hours. Roll dough 1/4 inch thick and cut circles (approximately 2 inches). Let circles rise 1/2 hour.

Deep fry at 400° F about 3 minutes, turning once. Pipe in jelly and roll in powdered sugar.

Only three more weeks until Hanuka! Color me excited!!

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