VIDEO: How to Make Your Own Jelly Doughnuts

Sufganiyot are a traditional favorite for the Festival of Lights.

Editor's Note: Hanukkah begins Tuesday evening, so we thought we'd reprise this recipe video we brought you last year.

Sufganiyot, or jelly doughnuts, are a traditional treat to enjoy during Hanukkah. Here's an easy recipe to try if you'd like to make your own. It came to me by way of the woman who used to do my mother-in-law's nails.



3 tablespoons yeast (or 3 envelopes Fleischmann's)

½ cup slightly warm milk

1 tablespoon flour

½ tablespoon sugar

4 cups flour

¾ cup sugar

2 egg yolks and 1 whole egg

¼ teaspoon salt

1½ teaspoon vanilla

2/3 cup milk

4 tablespoon melted butter

1½ tablespoon vegetable oil

(use mixer with dough hook)


Mix together in small bowl yeast, warm milk, 1 tablespoon flour, and ½ tablespoon sugar. Let sit for 10-15 minutes.

Put flour into mixer bowl, make hole in center. Mix eggs with sugar to dissolve sugar and add salt. Begin to mix egg mixture into flour with wooden spoon. Add vanilla and continue to mix. Mix in milk gradually and keep mixing with wooden spoon and lots of muscle.

Add starter, melted butter (cooled a bit), and oil. Mix in a mixer with a dough hook, then knead until dough is not sticky and forms a ball. Transfer to lightly oiled bowl and let rise (covered with a damp towel) for about 1 hour.

Put dough on floured table and roll to ¼-inche to ½-inch thickness. Cut into rounds and put on parchment or waxed paper. Let rise about 30 minutes or more.

Heat 1 inch of vegetable oil to 325 degrees in a very large frying pan/skillet. Fry until golden brown. Inject jelly of your choice and sugar the tops while warm.

Eat and enjoy.


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