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Happy Chanukah: The Five Minute Donut

I had a crazy day yesterday with conference calls, meetings, a run into the city and back. I had 50 minutes to spare before I had to pick up the girls from school. We were going directly to their Great Grandmother’s house to light the second candle and have a festive meal, so I had to hurry. I had made 40 latkes and 20 sufganiyot (donuts) for the first night of Chanukah. Not a crumb was left! I had to start from scratch.

I knew the latkes would take the most amount of time, so I started with those. I figured those potato pancakes were more important. I made a batch of 30 in half an hour!

Chanukah latkes
Handmade latkes with freshly made apple sauce

Great…Obviously, there was no time for a yeast dough that would need to rise twice. So, here’s is a quick, easy and delicious way to make donuts when you don’t want to invest too much time.

Literally, it took me 5 minutes to make the batter and another 5 minutes to fry up these little puppies. You can fill them or just sprinkle powdered sugar on top. Your choice.

Chanukah sufganiyot easy recipe
Fresh sufganiyot

Five Minute Donuts

1 1/2 cups self rising flour
1 1/2 cups plain or vanilla yogurt (or sour cream)
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
4 tbsp sugar
zest of 1/2 a lemon
sunflower oil for frying

1) Heat the oil in a small pan (you can use a large pan and make more at a time, but you’ll need a lot more oil). I like it to be about 1/2 – 1 inch deep.

2) In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together until they form a uniform batter.

3) Using a spoon, form balls into the oil and fry for a minute or so on each side. They should be golden brown.

4) Transfer to a paper towel lined plate or pan.

5) Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

6) Add filling if desired – jelly, nutells, chocolate frosting, custard…GO NUTS!

A quick note: I sprinkled one donut with sugar and carmelized it under the broiler for a minute. O. M. G. INSANE! I’d like to do that again and then fill it with custard…Mmnmmmmmm…

Chanukah menorah
Four generations light the second candle

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