While Chanukah is known as “the Festival of Lights,” because of the miraculous oil that kept burning, it comes to no surprise that most of the foods used to celebrate this great holiday are non-coincidentallyÂ fried. And one of the most popular desserts for this holiday, the Sufganiyot, is no exception!
Although the thought of eating fried jelly donuts for the holidays sounds amazing, the thought of gaining the extra weight during the holidays does not! But don’t fret just yet, the simple solution is to bake instead of fry. That way you can still enjoy this great sweet treat during Chanukah without all the extra guilt.Â
Baked Sufaniyot Recipe
Adapted from Good Housekeeping
2Â cupsÂ all-purpose flour
1/2Â cupÂ granulated sugar
3Â teaspoonsÂ rapid-rise yeast
1Â teaspoonÂ ground cinnamon
1Â teaspoonÂ salt
1/4Â cupÂ vegetable oil
1/2Â cupÂ warm wholeÂ milk, plus extra for brushing
2Â largeÂ eggs, at room temperature
3/4Â cupÂ raspberry or strawberry jam
2Â tablespoonsÂ confectioners’ sugar for dusting
- In electric stand mixer bowl, combine flour, granulated sugar, yeast, cinnamon, and salt. With paddle attachment of stand mixer, mix on low 15 seconds or until combined. Add oil and milk; beat on medium-low speed 3 to 5 minutes or until well combined. Add eggs, 1 at a time; beat 10 minutes or untilÂ doughÂ is elastic, occasionally scraping sides of bowl.
- Meanwhile, lightly oil large bowl. Transfer dough to prepared bowl; cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rise 40 minutes or until doubled in bulk.
- Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets. Gently punch down dough, folding it onto itself. On lightly oiled work surface, gently roll dough into 16-inch log; cut log crosswise into 1-inch pieces. Shape each piece into ball; transfer to prepared cookie sheets, 3 inches apart. Cover loosely with lightly oiled plastic wrap; let rise 20 to 30 minutes or until slightly puffed. (May be made up to 1 day ahead up to this point. Refrigerate, loosely covered. Bring to room temperature before baking.)
- Preheat oven to 350Â°F. Brush tops of dough with milk. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, 12 to 15 minutes or until pale golden. Cool on sheets on wire racks 5 minutes.
- Cut 1 corner of self-sealing plastic bag to make 1/4-inch-diameter hole; fit with 1/4- to 1/2-inch plain piping tip, and fill bag with jam. Slide paring knife into center of side of 1 donut without cutting through other side. Using sawing motion, cut pocket in donut without cutting opening any wider. Fit piping tip into hole, and pipe jam until filled. Repeat. Dust donuts with confectioners’ sugar to serve.
Photo:Â Avital PinnickÂ
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