Traditional Hanukkah Recipes
Make Soofganiot--the Hanukkah Doughnut
There are special Hanukkah recipes that are made only at this time of year in most Jewish homes. Try our
recipe for a "taste of Israel" at Hanukkah time.
Soofganiot are the Hebrew answer to jelly doughnuts. Fried in oil, as a tribute to the Hanukkah miracle
(read our story of Hanukkah)
they're fattening, but you have to eat at least one!
Here is one recipe of this holiday favorite.
25 grams yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon flour
3 cups flour
50 grams melted margarine
3 tablespoons sugar
2 egg yolks
1 1/4 cups water and milk mixed together or all water (room temperature)
Instructions for Making the Dough
Combine yeast, 1 T sugar, 1T water and 1 T flour in a bowl
Mix well, cover, and wait until it rises.
In another bowl, mix flour, melted margarine, salt, sugar and egg yolks
Add yeast mixture to this and mix
Slowly add water/milk while stirring
When batter is smooth, cover the bowl with a towel and let it sit and rise
Instructions for Frying the Doughnuts
Heat oil in a deep pot until very hot
Drop the doughnuts into the oil and fry on both sides until brown
Remove with a slotted spoon and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
This recipe was reprinted with permission by
In Israel, we take a syringe filled with strawberry jam and inject it into the doughnut. When you bite into the soofgania, you find this jam in the middle. Delicious!
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