Happy Hannukah or Doughnuts, You Can't Eat Just One

Monday, Cousin Stephanie and I had the pleasure of making homemade doughnuts under the capable tutelege of Sheindy Brackman (from Judaism in the Foothills). This time of year, doughnuts can be had everywhere on the streets of Israel, the oil used in frying them symbolic of the miracle oil that lasted eight days instead of one after the Jews reclaimed Judea during the time of the Second Temple. (For a decent retelling of the Hannukah story, go here.)

Anyway, we fried, sugared, chocolated and jelly injected, and we left toting heavy plates of golden brown hot doughnuts. (FYI, Sheindy, who's from Israel told us this shocking fact: Israeli doughnuts don't have holes. Imagine that.)

The next day Stephanie called. “I just ate three doughnuts,” she wailed. I couldn't possibly relate.

See how you do. Below, please find Sheindy's doughnut recipe. Eat your heart out Krispy Kreme.


3 3/4 cups flour

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup warm water

1 stick margarine

1 egg

1 tsp salt

2 tsp vanilla

2 tsp yeast

Vegetable oil for frying

Beat all ingredients until dough is smooth.

Shape dough into balls or bagel shapes and let rise for 10 minutes.

Heat the frying oil and then add the doughnuts one at a time. Do not crowd the fryer. (The oil should be hot enough to bubble when the dough goes into it.)

Let fry for about two minutes or until golden and then flip doughnuts to other side and fry for another two minutes (or until it achieves desired golden color).

Remove from oil and cool on paper towels.

Dust with confectioners sugar.

Fill with jam.

Cover with chocolate.


Join gym.

Happy Hannukah!


Comments (3) -

December 15. 2006 04:50


I was thinking about *real* doughnuts the other day. My mother used to make them. There is *no* comparison to storebought.

If Israeli doughnuts had holes, all that good chocolate and stuff would leak out, right?

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December 15. 2006 21:23



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