Sufganiyot, or jelly-filled doughnuts, are a delicious Hanukkah treat enjoyed by many. Here’s a recipe for homemade sufganiyot along with a brief history:
History of Sufganiyot:
Sufganiyot have a rich history rooted in Jewish traditions. The origin of these delectable treats can be traced back to Jewish communities in Central and Eastern Europe. The concept of deep-frying dough in oil is symbolic of the miracle of the oil that lasted eight days during the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.
Traditionally, sufganiyot were filled with jelly or fruit preserves, and over the years, various fillings and toppings have been introduced. Today, they are a beloved Hanukkah delicacy enjoyed by Jewish communities around the world, symbolizing the sweetness and joy of the festival of lights.
Homemade Sufganiyot Recipe:
- 1 cup warm milk or milk substitute
- 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- Raspberry jam or your preferred filling
- Powdered sugar, for dusting
- In a small bowl, combine the warm milk, yeast, and a pinch of sugar. Let it sit for about 5 minutes until frothy.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, vanilla extract, egg yolks, and softened butter until well combined.
- Add the yeast mixture to the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.
- Gradually add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture, stirring until a dough forms.
- Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 5-7 minutes, or until it becomes smooth and elastic.
- Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a clean cloth, and let it rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours or until it doubles in size.
- On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thickness. Use a round cutter to cut out circles.
- Place a small amount of raspberry jam in the center of half the circles. Place the remaining circles on top and press the edges to seal. Alternatively, at the end of the frying process, you can simply slice the top and add in your prefered jam or cream.
- Heat vegetable oil in a deep fryer or large pot to 350°F (175°C).
- Carefully place the sufganiyot in the hot oil and fry until golden brown on both sides (about 2-3 minutes per side).
- Remove the sufganiyot with a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel to drain excess oil.
- Allow the sufganiyot to cool slightly, then dust them with powdered sugar.
- Serve and enjoy!