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Make Sufganiyot – Jelly Doughnuts – For Hanukkah!

So Hanukkah begins this week – on Thanksgiving, if you’ve been reading the news (“Thanksgivukkah” as it’s been informally declared!). It’s kind of a big deal, as this convergence of the two holidays won’t occur again for another 70,000 years.

And while latkes are the food most commonly associated with Hanukkah (and I’ll be writing about those soon!), for me the holiday is all about the doughnuts, also known as “sufganiyot”.

For those of you unfamiliar with the holiday’s history, here’s a (very) brief summary: Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of the Menorah (candelabra). When the Jews won a war fought against an oppressive government, they came across a Menorah in the Temple. The Temple was to be rededicated in celebration but there was only enough oil to last one night. However, a miracle occurred and the Menorah stayed lit for eight nights instead. And this is why we celebrate the holiday with foods that are fried in oil.

And what better way to celebrate than with doughnuts, I say! While the traditional “sufganiyah” is filled with jelly, I’ve rounded up some delicious twists on the original, that I know you’ll want to fry – I mean, try!

  • Make Sufganiyot for Hanukkah! 1 of 10
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    While sufganiyot are traditionally made with a jelly filling and sugar topping, I think you'll agree that these mouthwatering variations are worth "breaking tradition" for!

  • Jelly Doughnuts 2 of 10
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    Let's start with the original - and these jelly-filled doughnuts are about as traditional as they get. Fill with your choice of jelly, and don't forget to roll in sugar at the end for a delectable crunch!

    Read how at Spoonful

  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Sufganiyot 3 of 10
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    I'm glad to see that someone's train of thought went from "jelly" doughnuts to "peanut butter and jelly doughnuts!" Strawberry preserves and chocolate almond butter pair up in this mouthwatering twist on the original!

    Image and recipe courtesy of What Jew Wanna Eat

  • Lemon-Scented Raspberry Jam Doughnuts 4 of 10
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    I love holiday baking with my kids, and this is a perfect recipe for even your littlest assistants! The dough is super easy to work with, so little hands can get in on the action. Let them measure and knead the dough, roll it out, and cut the shapes. 

    Read how at Babble

  • Apple Fritters 5 of 10
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    I love this riff on the jelly-filled doughnut! This version fries up apple rings for a healthier (did I just say that?) treat that is much less time consuming than the original. A quick dip in the batter (no waiting for dough to rise), these fry up in a flash and make a generous quantity - great if you're serving a crowd!

    Read how at Babble

  • Baked Molasses Doughnuts with Peanut Chews Filling 6 of 10
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    Is your mouth watering? Mine is. These insanely beautiful doughnuts are filled with chopped peanut-chews and finished with a chocolate glaze. The topping?  Honey-roasted peanuts. Yes, please.

    Image and recipe courtesy of Kitchen Tested

  • Pumpkin Birmuelos with Caramel Drizzle 7 of 10
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    Get your "Thanksgivukkah" on with these delectable fritters! Incorporating traditional fall spices along with pumpkin puree, these will make a delightful finish to your Thanksgiving meal this year (or any time, if you ask me!).

    Image and recipe courtesy of Kitchen Tested

  • Apricot-Plum Baked Doughnuts 8 of 10
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    These dairy-free doughnuts are baked, not fried, for those who are looking for a "lighter" version of the traditional fried treat. If you're serving doughnuts after the Thanksgiving meal this year, these may be just the ticket!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Kitchen Tested

  • Sugar Doughnut Holes 9 of 10
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    Wanna feel even more virtuous? These bite-sized treats let you have your cake/pie/cookies and eat your doughnuts too. Win-win, I say!

    Image and recipe courtesy of The Food Yenta

  • Hanukkah Fritters with Warm Chocolate Sauce 10 of 10
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    On the other hand...

    There is something to be said for indulging on the holidays, yes? How about these fritters, dipped in a glorious, warm chocolate sauce? Happy Thanksgivakkuh!

    Image and recipe courtesy of The Shiksa in the Kitchen

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