Indulge in Hanukkah Delight with Our Classic Sufganiyot Recipe

closeup of person dusting fresh sufganiyot with powdered sugar

Sufganiyot (plural form of sufgania) are tasty donuts that are an integral part of the Jewish tradition. Jewish people worldwide eat this sweet oil-fried treat during Hanukkah to celebrate the miracle of oil that burned for eight days instead of just one.

Let’s dive deep into this wonderful tradition with a detailed recipe.

Traditional Sufganiyot Ingredients 

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting
  • Your choice of filling (more about this later)

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Combine the warm milk, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and yeast in a small bowl. Stir gently. Then let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes until it becomes frothy.

2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, remaining sugar, and salt. Make a well in the center and add the yeast mixture, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract.

3. Mix the ingredients together with a spoon to form a dough. Then, knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 7 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.

4. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm place for about 2 hours (or until it doubles in size).

5. Once the dough rises, punch it down to release any air bubbles. Roll the dough out on a floured surface until it’s around 1/2 inch thick.

6. Use a round cookie cutter or a drinking glass to cut out circles from the dough. Place the circles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure to leave enough space between them to allow for rising.

7. Cover the dough circles with a kitchen towel and let them rise for another 40 minutes.

8. While the dough is rising, heat vegetable oil in a large pot or deep fryer to a temperature of 350°F.

9. Carefully put a few dough circles into the hot oil and fry them for about 2-3 minutes on each side until they turn golden brown. Use a slotted spoon or tongs to flip them.

10. Once the sufganiyot are ready, remove them from the oil and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil. Let the donuts cool slightly.

11. Fill a piping bag fitted with a small round tip (or use a plastic squeeze bottle) with your choice of filling.

12. Gently poke a hole in the side of each sufgania using a skewer or the back of a spoon. Insert the piping tip into the hole and squeeze the jelly or jam into the doughnut until it feels full.

13. Repeat the filling process with the remaining sufganiyot.

14. Dust the filled sufganiyot with powdered sugar, and you are done!

Get Creative with Sufganiyot Fillings

When it comes to filling your Sufganiyot with something tasty, the sky’s the limit. While the traditional filling is jam, you can let your imagination run wild and add:

  • Chocolate
  • Fruit cream
  • Chocolate cream
  • Cream cheese
  • Pastry cream
  • Dulce de leche
  • And many more!

You can also put chocolate glaze or cinnamon sugar on top of your Sufganiyot and add sprinkles! Get creative and put your own unique twist on this traditional Jewish pastry.  

Enjoy Perfect Sufganiyot with Sarah’s Tent

The key to creating the perfect Sufgania is high-quality ingredients. With Hanukkah right around the corner, you can start honing your Sufganiyot baking skills with kosher ingredients from Sarah’s Tent.

If you are swamped with preparations and forgot to buy something for your Hanukkah meal, browse our website for our convenient kosher food delivery options. Hag Hanukkah sameach!

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