Like unto the unicorn…

So, I’ve been trying to find a Wii console for my son’s xmas present…and I’ve decided that they’re mythical.

Seriously, they don’t exist. They don’t. It’s a cruel hoax perpetrated by insane NY marketing people.

Wii=unicorns. Mythical. That is all.

Oh, and Happy Hanukkah everyone! I was in such a dither yesterday, I completely forgot to say anything. To make it up to you, I give you the world’s greatest sufganiyot recipe. (Although like all Jewish Mother recipes, this one will make enough to feed a small army. What? You want I should let you starve?)

Makes 30 – 35

* 2 tablespoons dry yeast
* 3-1/2 tablespoons sugar
* 3/4 cup lukewarm milk (90 degrees or so)
* 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 egg yolks
* Pinch of salt
* Pinch of cinnamon
* 1-1/2 tablespoons softened margarine
* Plum or strawberry preserves
* Vegetable oil for deep-frying
* Granulated sugar

1. Dissolve the yeast and 2 tablespoons sugar in the milk.

2. Sift the flour. Place it on a board and make a well in the center. Add the yeast mixture, the egg yolks, salt, cinnamon, and the remaining sugar. Knead well. Add the margarine and knead until the dough is elastic.

(OK, that’s how you’re supposed to do it. Me…I use the KitchenAid.)

3. Cover and let rise 2 hours. (If your house is colder than about 70 F., what I usually do is turn the oven on to about 150 while I’m making the dough, then turn it off and crack the door a little while I’m prepping for the rise. The I put the kitchenaid bowl, with a damp cloth covering the dough into the slightly warmed oven. You want the oven to be no warmer than about 110. Leave the door slightly cracked, so you don’t start baking the dough.) If you can’t touch the racks in the oven with your bare hands, the oven is too hot for rising.

4. Sprinkle flour on the board. Roll the dough out thin. Cut out with a glass into rounds about 2 inches in diameter. Cover and let rise 15 minutes more.

5. Pour 2 inches of oil into a heavy pot and heat to 375 degrees.

6. Drop the doughnuts in the oil, 4 – 5 at a time, turning when brown. Drain on paper towels.

7. With a tiny spoon, take some jam and fill the sufganiyot. Insert the spoon in the top of the doughnut, revolve it inside the doughnut, and remove it from the same hole made on entering. (You could use an injector…but really, who wants to lick the injector? Licking the spoon is half the fun!)

8. Roll in granulated sugar and serve. You can make larger sufganiyot if you like. Whatever you decide, eat them immediately!

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