PJ Library Recipe of the Month: Sufganiyot Doughnut Holes

With December quickly approaching, Chanukah is just around the corner! We often refer to this holiday as the ‘Festival of Lights’ because the menorah is the most commonly identified symbol of Chanukah. In Hebrew, Chanukah means “to dedicate,” because it celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple by the Maccabees in the second century BCE.

There are eight branches on a Chanukah menorah (also referred to as a hanukkiah), representing the miracle of one small container of oil lasting for eight days. The Shamash (helper) candle, which typically sits in the center of the menorah, is used to light the other candles. This one-minute video from MyJewishLearning.com outlines the menorah lighting ceremony and is wonderful to share with children as you prepare to celebrate this year.

Additionally, be sure to visit the PJ Library Chanukah hub for book lists, crafts, and even a video read-aloud of Antlers With Candles that you can enjoy together with your family.

Chanukah Foods

Many of the foods traditionally served during Chanukah are fried to symbolize the miracle of the oil burning for eight days. The best-known Chanukah foods are:

  • Latkes: Potato pancakes which are traditionally garnished with apple sauce and sour cream
  • Gelt: Chocolate coins wrapped in foil
  • Sufganiyot: Jelly-filled doughnuts

Fun Fact! Angel Bakeries, the largest commercial bakery in Israel, purportedly fries more than 250,000 sufganiyot during each day of Chanukah.

If your family loves Chanukah foods but ends the holiday season feeling overloaded on fried delicacies, you'll want to try this recipe by Benny Doro, who has a passion for healthy amazing food. He is on a self-professed crusade for children to eat well and for all people to feel confident cooking for themselves. These Sufganiyot doughnuts are extra yummy, not deep-fried, and easy enough for children to help prepare. No deep fryer or piping bag needed!


November 26, 2019