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Sufganiyot, Chocolate-Hazelnut (D)
Yield: 42 mini-sufganiyot

3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour(3-1/4 to 3-1/2)
2 packages active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup water
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoon cooking oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread like Nutella
Cooking oil for deep frying
Sifted powdered sugar

In a large mixing bowl stir together 1-1/4 cups of the flour, the yeast, and cinnamon; set aside.

In a medium saucepan heat and stir water, sugar, cooking oil, and salt just until warm (120°F-130°F). Add oil mixture to flour mixture; add egg and vanilla.

Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed for 30 seconds, scraping the sides of the bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes.

Using a wooden spoon, stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough that is smooth and elastic (3-5 minutes total).

Shape dough into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease the surface of the dough. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in size (about 1 hour).

Punch dough down. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide in half. Cover and let rise for 10 minutes.

Roll dough, 1 portion at a time, to 1/4" thickness. Cut dough with a floured 1-1/2" biscuit cutter, dipping cutter into flour between cuts.

Place about 1/4 teaspoon chocolate spread onto the centers of half of the circles. Lightly moisten edges of circles; top with remaining circles. Press edges together to seal. Repeat with remaining dough and fillings. Reroll and cut trimmings.

Fry filled doughnuts, 3-4 at a time, in deep hot oil (365°F) about 1 minute on each side or until golden, turning once with a slotted spoon. Remove from oil; drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cool on wire racks.

Poster's Notes: During Hanukkah in some Israeli communities, vendors sell sufganiyot by the basketful. Try this recipe for yourself.

Posted by Nancy Berry

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A