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Are looking for the best Hanukkah doughnuts (sufganiyot) recipe? Then look no further! Suganiyot (singular: suganiyah) are round jelly doughnuts eaten around the world during the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.

How Will You Fill Your Hanukkah Doughnuts?

Don’t stop at jelly! Nowadays, you can find suganiyot filled with every type of flavor you can imagine. Some favorites are chocolate cream, vanilla custard, fruit jam and nutella. But, why stop there! I’ve made cappuccino cream and sweet tehini mousse. And, sufganiyot are delicious topped off with a dusting of powdered sugar.

These little pillows of goodness are the perfect treat. They are sure to bring smiles to everyone’s faces. Imagine seeing a beautiful platter of Hanukkah doughnuts adorning the table with other holiday delicacies or receiving them in a Hanukkah gift package!

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Why Do We Eat Sufganiyot for Hanukkah?

We eat sufganiyot cooked in oil to recount the miracle of the oil of the menorah in the ancient temple in Jerusalem more than 2,200 years ago. The Syrian-Greek Army (the Seleucids) caused great havoc when they took over the Temple in Jerusalem. They erected statues for idol worship and destroyed the cruses of oil needed to light the menorah each day.

Miracles Abound!

Firstly, the small band of Jews, led by the Maccabees, defeated the large and mighty Greek army. Then a great miracle occurred when one cruse of pure oil was found. But, it was just enough oil to last for one day. The greater miracle was that the oil lasted 8 days, which was the exact amount of time necessary to travel and acquire more pure oil. To read more about Hanukkah and celebrating it during this challenging year, click here.

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Sufganiyot for Hanukkah (Jelly Doughnuts)

5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 26 doughnuts
Calories 93

Ingredients

  • active dry yeast 2 1/4 teaspoon (1/4 ounce or 7 grams)
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup milk at room temperature (you can use soy milk)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • zest of one lemon
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons butter or margarine at room temperature
  • 3 1/2 cups flour

Instructions 

Preparing the Dough

  • This dough can be mixed by hand or by electric mixer.
  • Put the yeast and warm water in a mixing bowl, with a sprinkling of the measured out sugar to activate the yeast. When it starts to bubble a bit, then you know the yeast is working.
  • Add the rest of the sugar and the milk, and whisk.
  • Add the egg, egg yolk, pinch of salt and teaspoon of vanilla and continue whisking.
  • Change the whisk attachment to the dough hook.
  • Add the butter or margarine in pieces.
  • Add the flour in three parts to ensure everything gets mixed well.
  • Mix for several minutes.
  • If needed, add a 1/2 teaspoon of milk at a time to gather up any dry flour at the bottom of the bowl.

Making the Doughnuts

  • When the dough is ready, roll it out about 1/2 inch thick.
  • Cut circles with a cookie cutter between 2 1/2 – 3 inches round. (My cutter is actually 2 3/4 inches).
  • Press the cookie cutter straight down into the dough and twist right before you remove it from the dough.
  • Place doughnut circles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Let the doughnuts rise for at least 30 minutes. (When I have the time, I even let them rise 1.5 hours).
  • Fill a large pot, like a pasta pot, with 2 inches (approximately 4 cups) of vegetable oil. (During Hanukkah, I actually use half vegetable oil and half extra virgin olive oil, but all vegetable oil is fine).
  • Heat oil on medium high and then turn down to low.
  • Place three sufganiyot at a time in the oil and cook the first side for 2 minutes. (Tip: They seem to expand better by putting the side that was face down while they were rising, face up in the pot of oil).
  • Flip them over with a slotted spoon and cook for another minute.
  • Cooking time will vary based on the size of your pot and your stove, so do a test run with the first batch. Sometimes, the doughnuts will cook as fast as one minute per side.
  • Remove the sufganiyot with the slotted spoon onto a plate lined with paper towels to soak up any excess oil.
  • When cooled, filled them to your heart's desire and sprinkle with a light dusting of powdered sugar.
Calories: 93kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Jewish
Keyword: Chanukah, Chanukah donuts, dessert, dessert and treats, Hanukkah, Hanukkah doughnuts, kosher, sufganiyah, suganiyot

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 94IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

Have you ever seen a 1000 pound menorah go up by hand?!

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How to Enjoy Hanukkah 2020 Safely

When is Hanukkah and how do you spell Hanukkah are perhaps the two biggest questions about the holiday! Whether you spell it Chanukah or Hanukkah, Hanukkah is on the evening of the 24th of Kislev, which in 2020 begins Thursday, December 10 and ends Friday, December 18.  It’s hard to believe that the year 2020 is coming to an end.   It has been a challenging year to say the least.  Some are healing physically and some emotionally. Many are wondering how to enjoy Hanukkah safely with others or how to enjoy it if they are on their own.

We are taught that life is not about what happens, but how we react. With that being said, there are many who will be facing another holiday without family and friends.  Some for health reasons, some have kids away at school and for some, the youngest child has just gotten married leaving parents now as empty nesters.  Sometimes it helps to know that you are not alone, in being alone.

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How can I manage the holiday alone?

We don’t have to manage the holidays as if it is something to go through, but we can make it truly wonderful.  Here are some thoughts about ways to make the holidays a meaningful experience, and not just a passage of time.  

Happiness is interesting.  It can be brought on by many different things.  But regardless of what actually encourages us to feel happy, the state of happiness triggers the same kind of stimuli in our brains.  

Being sad or lonely is a separate feeling.  One can be happy about one thing while at the same time, be sad about another.  What we focus on more is what gets our attention and becomes the stronger feeling.  This is important because this leads us to our next thoughts and feelings. And, whether they will be positive or negative begins with us.  It may not always be easy, but we can (and must) work on our focus.

Focus is Almost Like a Muscle

The more we work on our focus, the more we strengthen it.  And this isn’t only true at moments we are actively using it.  Even during unexpected situations, we will have greater success. Imagine having to suddenly catch a heavy falling object. If we are fit, then we can exert the necessary strength when we need it.  It takes work, repetition and dedication to strengthen our ability to focus, but it can be done.  Be strong and separate the two concepts of the holiday: the inherent joy in the festival itself and who we are with (or not with).  We can then truly experience a special and memorable holiday.  

Chanukah Unites Us

Over forty years ago, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn connected Jews all over the world via satellite to enjoy the Hanukkah menorah lighting together. As we all have seen more this year than any year before, we too can make use of technology to spread light all around the world. Whether you are lighting at home on your own or with family, get online during your menorah lighting to share one of the most meaningful parts of the holiday together with those you care about. And remember to give a big “amen” to each other as you say the blessings. 

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Learn the Blessings

On the first night, we say all three blessings.  On the remaining nights, we say the first two.  

In the first, we bless the lighting of the Hanukkah lights.  The second blessing mentions the miracles that G-d performed for those who came before us and for those miracles that He will also do for us.

The third blessing is said on the first night only.  It is a blessing that we say when we are doing a mitzvah for the first time that year. These words of gratitude are an expression of thanks that G-d has sustained us and brought us to celebrate this special moment.

1. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech ha-olam a-sher ki-de-sha-nu be-mitz-vo-tav ve-tzi-va-nu le-had-lik ner Cha-nu-kah.

Blessed are You, Lord our G‐d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Chanukah light.

2. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-a-sa ni-sim la-avo-te-nu ba-ya-mim ha-hem bi-zman ha-zeh.

Blessed are You, Lord our G‐d, King of the universe, who performed miracles for our forefathers in those days, at this time.

3. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-heche-ya-nu ve-ki-yi-ma-nu ve-higi-a-nu liz-man ha-zeh.

Blessed are You, Lord our G‐d, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.

The Lyrics, The Tunes, The Instruments! 

After lighting the menorah, you can break out the song sheets and sing the songs you loved as a kid or learn them together.  Sing, stream or play them on a musical instrument. There is an abundance of Hanukkah music online to choose from.  So turn up the volume and turn up the holiday feeling.

Decorate for Chanukah

Decorate ahead in anticipation of Hanukkah.  From table settings to wall hangings and balloons, there’s nothing like walking into a room filled with decorations to get you feeling the festive vibe.  And the actual planning and decorating can really get you in the Hanukkah mood.

You can buy some decorations, make them yourself or a combination of the two.  There are plenty of DYI ideas and printables online. And here are some of my favorites you can order, like

Window Decorations

                                                            

Ceiling Hanging Swirls

                                                            

Banners

                                                            

Hanukkah Meal Table Decorations

                                                            

And I just love these Hanging Ball Lanterns

                                                            

Milk Chocolate Coins – Hanukkah Gelt

                                                            

Make your zoom call screen shots more festive and memorable with these Fun Photo Booth Props.

                                                            

Get Your Dreidel Game On!  Whether you are playing in person together or online together.

                                                            

Treat yourself or others to delicious holiday treats with these Hanukkah Cookie Cutters.

                                                            

Review the History of Chanukah

In Jewish tradition, every physical thing has a spiritual equivalent.  Each historical event isn’t just something to be remembered. Jewish mysticism teaches that the power of the original event is also present and available for us each and every year on the anniversary of its original occurence.

2200 years ago, in the second century BCE, the Land of Israel was ruled by the Syrian-Greeks.  The Greeks objected to belief in the One G-d.  They tried to force the Jews to give up learning Torah and observing mitzvot.  Instead, they wanted the Jews to adopt the Greek culture and beliefs, which ran contrary to Judaism.

A small group of farmers, led by Judah the Maccabee, fought against the mighty Greek army. So mighty was the Greek Army, they were the first to employ the use of elephants during fighting. Without much military skill or equipment, the small band of Jews fought off the Greeks, drove them out of the land and rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem to reinstitute the special services to G-d.  One of the special daily services in the time of the Temple was to light the seven-branched menorah.  

The Hanukkah Miracle

But there was no pure oil to be found, as the Greeks had damaged all the containers.  Then miraculously, one cruse of pure oil was found, enough for just one night.  The greater miracle was that the oil not only lasted 8 days, but that was the exact amount of time necessary to travel and acquire more pure oil.  Our Sages instituted the celebration of this historical event as an annual holiday to remember and publicize the revealed miracles of Chanukah.  

It also reminds us that the smallest amount of light can dispel a great amount of darkness.  Goodness is compared to the light, and the not good to the dark.  This season is a chance to spread our own unique light by rededicating ourselves to increasing in random acts of goodness and kindness.

Cook Special Hanukkah Foods

World Famous Latke Recipe

How about having a World Famous Latke Recipe? This is the latke recipe from GAM GAM Kosher Restaurant at the main entrance of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice, Italy.  It may very well be the most eaten latke recipe on the planet, as we have served hundreds of thousands of latkes to guests from all over the world for more than 20 years! You can get my latke recipe here.

Latkes are delicious served with sour cream, apple sauce or whatever you fancy.  And it goes without saying, that the best latkes are followed up with delicoius Hanukkah doughnuts, or sufganiyot. Whether you buy some or make them at home, there is a filling for everyone’s taste: strawberry or cherry jelly, chocolate cream, vanilla custard and more!  

Deliver a Special Hanukkah Package to Someone

More often than not, giving is more fun than receiving. Buy or make a double batch of latkes or Hanukkah doughnuts and bring some joy to a neighbor, a colleague or a teacher. What better way to bring a smile to someone’s face during the holidays than sharing and showing you are thinking of them.

Send Chanukah Greetings

Make a list of ten people (or more) to send Chanukah greetings to, via online cards.  This is probably one of the easiest ways to bring a smile to someone’s face.  It may seem like a simple gesture, but receiving an e-card with a personal message is heart-warming.  It is taught, “Words that come from the heart, enter the heart.”

Spread Light

King Soloman, wrote in Proverbs: “The soul of man is a lamp of G-d.” A lamp is made up of a wick, oil and a container to hold the oil.  All the parts are needed to produce light. A wick instantly would burn to ash if not for the oil to sustain its flame.  Oil can’t easily be lit on its own, if at all.  

But when all three parts are brought together, they can produce a flame that is strong and constant.  The same goes for our soul.  What does it mean to be the lamp of G-d?  We are here for a Divine purpose: to elevate the physical world with spirituality.  G-d supplies us with the oil, the Torah and mitzvot.  The physicality of our lives is the wick.  We use our hands to light the Hanukkah menorah or to put a coin in a charity box.  We use our mouths to say a blessing before eating or drinking.  

We must combine our physical wick (our good actions) with our spiritual oil (Torah and mitzvot), and internalize their significance, as we are the lamp.  

Be the Light!

Fill yourself, ignite yourself and shine. Not only for those around you, but shine also for yourself.  Feel the warm glow of our traditions and the warmth of the strength and comfort of getting through these challenging times, as we look ahead toward the future. Wishing each and every one of you a very Happy Hanukkah filled with light and joy!

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I’d love to hear your thoughts and feelings about Hanukkah this year. Leave me your comments below. xo

This is the latke recipe for Hanukkah from GAM GAM Kosher Restaurant at the main entrance of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice, Italy. It may very well be the most eaten latke recipe on the planet, as we have served hundreds of thousands of latkes to guests from all over the world for more than 20 years! It is one of the most requested items on our menu, so we serve it all year.

One of the best ways to get in the holiday mood is by enjoying special treats. And, with this latke recipe for Hanukkah, the house will smell so delicious, the neighbors will beg you to share it.

gondola near a bridge on the Grand Canal of Venice, Italy

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Latkes are delicious served with sour cream, apple sauce or whatever you fancy. And it goes without saying, that the best latkes are followed up with delicious Hanukkah doughnuts, or sufganiyot.

Holiday foods are a great way to create beautiful memories. So get started with this easy and inexpensive recipe. For other ideas to celebrate Hanukkah, read this article here.

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Hanukkah latkes in a blue dish

World Famous Latke Recipe

5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 latkes
Calories 111
This is the latke recipe from GAM GAM Kosher Restaurant at the main entrance of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice, Italy

Ingredients

  • 5 potatoes
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4 cups vegetable oil for frying (Fill the pot with approximately 2 inches (5 cm) of oil. During Hanukkah, I use 1/2 vegetable oil and 1/2 extra virgin olive oil, but all vegetable oil is fine.)

Instructions 

Batter Preparation

  • Grate peeled potatoes and onion by hand or in a food processor.
  • Squeeze out most of the excess water, but not all.
  • Beat the eggs with a fork and mix thoroughly into the potato-onion mixture.
  • Mix the salt and pepper into the flour add it to the potatoes. Mix well with a fork. Be sure that there are no lumps and that everything is combined well.
  • Heat the oil on medium flame in a deep pot, like a pasta pot.
  • Lower the flame to medium low.

Shaping the Latkes

  • Shape a 1/3 cup of batter into a slightly flattened ball (not like a flat pancake). To get the right shape, take a scoop of batter in your hands, gently squeeze out a bit of the liquid and then form the latke as you toss it back and forth between your hands as you would a tennis ball. 12 times seems to be the magic number for me.
  • Fry approximately 4 minutes. Flip over using a slotted spoon and fry for another 4 minutes.
  • Remove from the pot to a plate covered with paper towels to drain the excess oil.

Notes

Tip: Cooking time will depend on your stove and the size of the pot you are using. Cook one batch and test for doneness, and adjust cook time if necessary.
 
Calories: 111kcal
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Kosher
Keyword: Chanukah, Hanukkah, holiday foods, Latkes, side dishes

Nutrition

Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 409mg | Potassium: 406mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

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