For the rest of the family, we filled our sufganiyot with blackberry preserves, strawberry preserves and nutella. Although nutella is no more traditional than ketchup as a filling, it was everyone's hands-down favorite. Ketchup. Nutella. A new Hanukkah tradition is born.
1 cup whole milk
2 Tbs granulated sugar
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
4 Tbs warm water
3 1/2 cups unbleached A.P. flour
(plus more for dusting)
10 cups vegetable oil
fillings of your choice
- Bring milk to a simmer, add sugar and salt and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat to cool to lukewarm.
- Dissolve yeast in warm water, stir until creamy, then let stand until foamy.
- In stand mixer with a dough hook, combine flour, 2 Tbs oil, eggs, milk and yeast mixture. Mix on medium-high until dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
- Coat ball of dough on all sides with flour in a large mixing bowl, then cover with a towel and leave somewhere warm to rise.
- When dough is doubled in size (which took our dough about 45 minutes), roll out on a floured surface to 1/2" thick. Cut out 2" circles -- we used a 1/4 cup measuring cup because we couldn't find our biscuit cutter.
- On one circle, create a depression with your finger and add 1 tsp of filling. Place another circle of dough on top and pinch the edges all around. Your circle will stretch out a bit, which is the idea. Create a good seal all around, then press your cutter firmly on your doughnut to cut out a 2" circle. Now the sides will be very well sealed. Set on a silpat-lined sheet pan and use up rest of the dough. You can re-roll out the scraps to make more doughnuts, and will end up with 20 or more doughnuts.
- Cover the doughnuts and let rise 30 minutes.
- While doughnuts are rising, heat your oil in a deep sauce pan. The oil will only be about 3" high, which prevents your kids from getting burned from splattering oil. When oil reaches 375 degrees, start frying the doughnuts. We do one or two at a time. They will immediately puff up and start browning. Use a slotted spoon to keep them under the oil and flip them to brown evenly on both sides. Remove to paper towels to dry.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar (not the ketchup-filled doughnuts) and eat.