It's Hanukkah and that can mean only one thing. A whole lot of good food. Not just any food either, fried food! You eat fried foods on Hanukkah to celebrate the miracle of the oil. For many that means latkes, but another traditional Hanukkah food is sufaganiyot, or jelly filled donuts. Donuts were never a tradition in Cassie's family, but when we heard they were a traditional food we felt that they deserved to be part of a new tradition for the family. So this year we gathered the ingredients and set about making some delicious donuts. Theses were really easy to make and fun to do at the same time.
Adapted from Epicurious.com
Makes 12 donuts
1 T. active dry yeast
4 T. evaporated cane juice, divided
3/4 c. warm water
2 1/2 c. all purpose flower
pinch of salt
1 t.ground cinnamon
2 eggs, seperated
2 T. butter, softened
Apricot preserves (or any flavor you want)
organic powdered sugar
vegetable oil for frying
1) Mix the yeast, 2 T. of the cane juice and the water. Sit to the side and let it proof for a few minutes. It should bubble. If it doesn't your yeast is not active and you will need to get some more.
2) Sift the flour and mix it with 2 T. cane juice, cinnamon, and salt. Then add the egg yolks and the yeast mixture. Mix well until combined. Knead the dough to form a ball and then add the butter and knead until it is well incorporated into the dough. Place in a bowl and cover with a towel. Let the dough rise in the refrigerator overnight.
3) In the morning remove the dough from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature for about half an hour. Then roll it out till it is about 1/8 inch thick. Take a juice glass or a any 2 inch circular cookie cutter and cut out 24 rounds. Place a 1/2 t. of fruit preserves on 12 of the rounds. Take the remaining 12 rounds and place them on top of the rounds with the preserves. Using your thumb and forefinger crimp the edges of the rounds together very well and then seal them with egg whites.
4) Cover the completed sufganiyot with a towel and let them rise for another 30 minutes.
5) In a medium sauce pan heat about 2 inches of oil over medium heat. Test the oil by throwing a small bit of bread into the pot. When it bubbles your oil is ready. Fry your donuts in small batches. Make sure the oil doesn't get too hot. You don't want to be left with doughy insides and burnt outsides. You should fry the donuts about 3-4 minutes total flipping midway through. Place them on a plate with paper towels to drain. When they have drained roll the sufganiyo in the powdered sugar to add a thin coating. Serve either warm or room temperature. Enjoy!