This recipe for easy Jewish Hanukkah donuts makes light, sugar-dusted doughnuts and doughnut holes. They’re so good–they’re perfect for any denomination. Hand to God.
If you have never eaten freshly cooked, homemade doughnuts, then you’ve missed out on something stupendously delicious. Doughnuts are a common Hanukkah treat, when it is traditional to eat fried foods that symbolize the miracle of the oil that was found in the temple in Jerusalem that burned for eight nights rather than for one. These treats are best eaten on the day they are made. Originally published December 7, 2011.–Annie Rigg
LC A Doughnut for All Denominations Note
Don’t let the title throw you. These may be called Jewish Hanukkah Doughnuts, but they’re cause for celebration in and of themselves, for all denominations, at all times. They’re a little simpler than the traditional Hanukkah jelly doughnuts known as sufganiyot, though they’re no less spectacular.
Easy Jewish Hanukkah Doughnuts
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- 40 M
- 2 H, 20 M
- Makes 8 ring and 8 mini round doughnuts
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This is an EXCELLENT dough recipe for yeast doughnuts and will be my go-to standard for now on, well past the holidays. The resulting doughnuts are tender but didn’t deflate when I took a bite. There is a big open crumb inside that maintains its firmness. I tested them as per the recipe, with the holes punched out in the traditional doughnut shape and dusted with sugar, but the second batch (they were that good) I kept whole. I liked them better this way, and after the holidays, as a hole-less doughnut I could add FILLINGS — Nutella, ricotta cheese with honey, or fig preserves are some grown-up fillings I like with homemade doughnuts. Yum!