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Sufganiyot I (Israeli Jelly Doughnuts) (D)
Source: Daphna Rabinovitch & The Test Kitchen
Yield: 24 doughnuts

1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
vegetable oil
1/2 cup raspberry jam
1/2 cup granulated sugar or icing sugar

In large bowl, dissolve 1 tbsp. (15ml) of the sugar in 2/3 cup (150ml) warm water. Sprinkle yeast over top; let stand for 10 minutes or until frothy.

Beat in yolks, butter, vanilla and remaining sugar. With wooden spoon, beat in flour and salt, adding more flour if necessary to make soft sticky dough.

Transfer dough to lightly floured work surface. Knead for 5 to 8 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease all over. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise in warm draft-free place until doubled in bulk, about 1-1/2 hours.

Punch down dough; on lightly floured surface, roll out to 1/2" (1cm) thickness. Using 2" (5cm) round cookie cutter, cut out circles. Gently press scraps together and reroll; cut out more circles. Transfer to lightly floured pan. Cover loosely and let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in bulk and rounded, about 1 hour.

In deep fryer, wok or deep saucepan, heat about 2" (5cm) of oil until thermometer registers 350°F (180°C). Drop doughnuts, 3 at a time, into oil. Deep-fry, turning once, for 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown all over. With slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain.

Fill pastry bag fitted with small plain tip with jam. Using sharp knife, cut small slit in side of each doughnut. Inserting pastry tip into slit, inject about 1 tsp. (5ml) jam into centre of each.

Place sugar on shallow plate; roll warm doughnuts in sugar to coat completely.

Poster's Note: In Israel, jelly-filled doughnuts called sufganiyot are the preferred treat at Hanukkah and are a perfect, not to mention utterly delicious, choice to showcase the oil that underlies the theme of the holiday.

Posted by Carole Walberg

Nutritional Info Per Doughnut: 103 Calories (kcal); 2g Total Fat; (13% calories from fat); 2g Protein; 21g Carbohydrate; 20mg Cholesterol; 36mg Sodium