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3 Nostalgic & Delicious Hanukkah Recipes

Sufganiyot are essentially jelly doughnuts dressed up for the holidays. They have their origins in Israel, but can be made to reflect whatever culture of taste you may have – and, if made right, they are profoundly good. Here is a recipe (courtesy of for really indulgent Apple Cider Sufganiyot with Salted Caramel. For sure this is a dessert that takes some doing, but is ultimately worth the labor.

And if you don’t have a Jewish grandmother to foist recipes on you, there are so many cookbooks out there to take her place. One of my favorite new holy land cookbooks making the rounds right now is Yotam Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem (2012, Ten Speed Press). It is a loving tour through much of the amazing cuisine of the Middle East, with the city of Jerusalem as a starting point.

What are some of your favorite Hanukah recipes and traditions?

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Eric Steinman

Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit among other publications.


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9:02AM PDT on Jun 8, 2013

The Sufganiyots do look mouth-watering, but I know I am not going to try making them. We try to stay away from fried food as much as possible.

3:46PM PST on Dec 22, 2012

Sufganiyot is the one for me, thanks! I think I will basket up the ingredients and recipe and give to a friend for xmas. :-)

4:11PM PST on Dec 19, 2012

This is great!! I'm an atheist but always looking to try new things! Soooo about to go grocery shopping! Thanks a ton!!

1:48AM PST on Dec 18, 2012


10:22AM PST on Dec 16, 2012

thanks for posting

9:04AM PST on Dec 15, 2012

Going to try some of these for Winter Solstice, as I like to introduce other cultures to my children and friends! Also great for conversation starters. :)

5:08AM PST on Dec 15, 2012

Thanks going to try the pumpkin latkes

11:17AM PST on Dec 14, 2012

Latkes are good anytime.

5:43AM PST on Dec 14, 2012

I have to try the pumpkin latkes recipe.

1:30AM PST on Dec 14, 2012


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