Monday, December 14, 2009

Ketchup Sufganiyot (jelly-filled doughnuts)

Sufganiyot are the jelly-filled doughnuts traditionally enjoyed during Hanukkah.  Our recipe is one the whole family can help out with.  And thanks to our younger son's obsession with ketchup, we have now established that it is in fact possible to make ketchup-filled sufganiyot.  Whether or not this is advisable depends on your desire for deep-fried ketchup balls.  The trick is to fill the doughnuts before frying so the ketchup is sealed inside.

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
 2                        eggs
                           powdered sugar
                          fillings of your choice      

  1. Bring milk to a simmer, add sugar and salt and stir until dissolved.  Remove from heat to cool to lukewarm.
  2. Dissolve yeast in warm water, stir until creamy, then let stand until foamy.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. 
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Cover the doughnuts and let rise 30 minutes.
  8. 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.
  9. Sprinkle with powdered sugar (not the ketchup-filled doughnuts) and eat.
Thanks to all of you who sent in suggestions for the ketchup sufganiyot.  Leo is eternally grateful.


  1. You know, I think ketchup sufganiyot is something children and husbands (is there really a difference?) would like, as I just know that Poppa Trix would flip for it!

  2. Ketchup Sufganiyot? Did you sweeten up the ketchup or did you just put it in plain?

  3. I would image that just about any filling would do well with this type of dough. Maybe for the ketchup filled variety you could offer a mustard for dipping!

  4. It is hilarious to me that you went through with this! I can't quite imagine the flavor combo, but if your son loves it, then kudos! They do look pretty!

  5. My son and my nephew would go bonkers over these, they both have a weird love of ketchup but I think I would like to try 'em too :)

  6. Just wonderful! Might be a fun thing for me to do with my nieces... I have a little fryer that would make the task very easy! Now you've inspired me...

  7. I know somebody who would love these. He's 31. Is that too old? :)

  8. Very neat that you made these with ketchup! I haven't made Sufganiyot this year yet, should really make them tomorrow!

  9. What a hoot! I bet these really are very, very good.

  10. Errmmm.... I think I'll go the nutella version please. The ketchup version makes me feel a little queasy for some reason!

  11. Amazing! I heart ketchup so I love this!

  12. Oh my, I'm salivating already! Totally speechless.

  13. Hahaa great idea :) I'm not really a fan of ketchup, but I'd definitely try these ketchup sufganiyots. Cool :)


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