Sufganiyot = Doughnuts

I did not want to wait a year until posting my sufganiyot (doughnuts, usually jelly doughnuts, but I don’t usually put jelly in mine, although we did some black currant preserves from Switzerland into a few), and this is the last day of Chanukah, so here it is. Maybe I’ll post the recipe next year.

While I was enjoying a great Chanukah party at a friend’s house, others were blogging about the war in Israel and Gaza. My thoughts are with my friends and family members, especially those with sons in the army. I came back to find Today’s Flowers is off for this week, so feel free to visit the flowers (post below), because today I took flower photos for next week.

If there is a war, battle or attack in Israel, the first place I go to look for information is the Muqata (Jameel, though Joe Settler will also post there, too). Jack has many posts in Gaza Round Up Part One. I believe this is Baila’s first experience with living in Israel during a war; she writes a heartfelt post: Israel unleashes its strength … and the world reacts as expected.

Other great sources for understanding are Carl in Jerusalem and Soccer Dad (he and his co-bloggers are in the U.S., but often they can give insight into Israeli – U.S. relations). There are others, too…

I’ve totally strayed from the original topic of this post, those greasy delicious doughnuts I made this past week. We eat the doughnuts because they are made in oil, and we remember the miracle of Chanukah when the oil lasted not just for one day but for eight. The candle lighting is a mitzvah, a commandment that we Jews are required to do; the sufganiyot and latkes, potato pancakes are just minhagim, customs, that we choose to do.

15 thoughts on “Sufganiyot = Doughnuts

  • I do hope that you post the recipe in time for next year’s celebration! I’ve never attempted to make my own sufganiyot. Seems difficult so I am hoping it is doable for a reluctant balebusta like me!!

    And thanks for the Israel links. It’s hard to be so far away and rely only on the flimsy reports on TV.

  • The sufganiyot look amazing. Here in Israel I’ve discovered the joy of caramel-filled ones, or “ribat chalav” as they say here. Yum.

    And thanks for the link. I was actually here, as a tourist, for a good part of Lebanon II in 2006.

  • Baila, at one point you said you thought others write about politics better than you (or something like that). I think in what you wrote about the war, you are able to explain things in a way that some of the more detailed commentators miss their audience. You don’t assume your readers know, which I think is often true. Many people have no idea of the history…

    Thanks to all the sufganiyot admirers. The big trick is 1) making a good yeast dough and 2) NOT to burn the them!

  • Yes they look like our oliebollen!
    Sorry about the war in Israel. I really hope that there will be peace for the sake of all the children, who are too young to be guilty of war actions and yet have to endure all the dangers and frightful events. I know I have been in a war, shooting, violence and all that kind of stuff.
    Well I wish you a peaceful 2009!

  • I’m VERY impressed that you’re able to make such delicious looking sufganiyot! They’re definitely way above my pay grade.

    Who could’ve imagined that the last days of Chanukah would coincide with a war?! I haven’t really blogged about the war directly, because I’m still trying to gather my thoughts…

  • Those look like real doughnuts. I was going to try to make doughnuts this Chanukah, but I didn’t get around to it, so maybe next year I’ll get to try it out.

    I’ve recently found out how they fill the doughnuts. You use a squirting thing that looks like the medicine syringe that kids use?

    About the whole Israel thing, I wouldn’t have realized that anything was going on, till one tweet caught my eye, that said that they were happy that Israel was finally fighting back or something. I just hope it all goes well. That’s helpful of you to link up to the blogs that wrote about it, maybe I’ll educate myself a bit.

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