Dec 04, 2012

Sweet Origins: Sufganiyot for Hanukkah

By: Amy Atlas, in Great Finds, Sweet Origins

The first night of Hanukkah is already this Saturday. My boys are already asking about when they’ll get to taste their Sufganiyot. On Hanukkah, it is a tradition to eat these jelly filled, deep fried doughnuts. It is just one of the fried foods {there are also latkes} that reminds us of the miracle that occurred during the Maccabean Revolt, when oil that was lighting the sacred lamp during the rededication of the holy temple was expected to only last one night but then lasted eight nights. The name Sufganiyot derives from the Hebrew word for sponge, which perfectly describes the way the Sufganiyot absorbs oil. Usually eaten warm, they are often topped with powdered sugar and they practically melt in your mouth. While the fried component of the Sufganiyot is more significant then the actual jelly inside, we did notice some variations of the jelly doughnut that can be served as additional desserts during the eight nights of Hanukkah. We even found a fun jelly doughnut craft for the kids to make in preparation of the holiday. What are your traditions for the holiday?

Fun Fact – In 1995, culinary students at the Hadassah College of Technology in Jerusalem whipped up the world’s largest sufganiyot, weighing 35 pounds, including 5 pounds of jelly!

1) above – Mini Doughnuts with Jam 2) Jam Filled Sponge Cupcakes 3) Low Fat Strawberry Jelly Doughnuts 4) Apple Zeppole with Jelly Dipping Sauce 5) Jelly Doughnut Pin Cushion 6) Donut Butter Mousse with Raspberry Sauce 7) Jelly Doughnut Madelines 8 ) Jelly Donut Macaron

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