Sufganiyot (Hanukkah Doughnuts)

Sufganiyot is a very popular fried doughnut that people make on Hanukkah to symbolize the miracle of oil that lasted for 8 days instead of one. 

I make the dough in my bread machine which is so so great, I just put everything in the machine and forget about it until it beeps. 

Basic Sweet Dough Recipe:

1 CUP water

1 egg

1/4 cup unsalted butter (softened)

3 1/2 cups of flour

1 tsp salt

1/3 cup sugar

1 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast

Place all ingredients into the bread machine pan.

Select Dough/manual cycle. 

Then go do whatever you want to do for the 2 1/2 hours it takes to make the dough.....

 I went grocery shopping and out for lunch with my kidos :)

Next, on a floured surface roll out your dough to about 1/4 inch thick

Using a cookie cutter/or glass cut out as much rounds as you can, cover with plastic and let to rise for about 15 minutes.

While the rounds were rising, set up your frying station.

In a medium saucepan, add about 3 inches of oil. Heat on Medium heat.

Prepare a bowl/plate lined with paper towels to absorb extra oil.

Once the doughnuts are done rising, and the oil is heated. Add a few into the pot ( do not overcrowd) 

It took me approximately 3-4 minutes to cook the doughnut completely.

Once they are nicely browned all over, take them out and drain the oil on paper towels. 

Next you need to make a hole in the doughnut. I used the end of a wooden spatula, or you can use some sort of dowel. 

Fill a pastry bag with jam, and fill the doughnuts. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.