Sufganiyot, or fried jelly-filled donuts, are a real treat any time of year, but especially when celebrating the Festival of Lights. Teach your child about Jewish tradition and the importance of oil during this time by cooking up a batch of these delicious treats to share with family and friends. The best part of homemade donuts is that you can fill them with a anything you like!
What You Need:
- ½ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon yeast
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups vegetable oil
- ½ cup strawberry jam
- Pinch of salt
- Mixing bowl
- Large spoon
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Medium stockpot
- Slotted spoon
- Paper towels
- Plastic bag
- Powdered sugar
What You Do:
- To start the dough, have your child warm the milk in a microwave or on the stove for one minute.
- Now sprinkle the yeast and sugar into the milk and mix them together. Let it sit for a couple of minutes—she’ll know it’s ready when bubbles start forming!
- Next, have your child add the dash flour and salt to the milk. Encourage her to add the flour in small amounts so it’s easier to incorporate. Turn the dough out onto a flour-dusted surface and knead the dough for about two to three minutes.
- Place the dough back into the bowl and let rest for at least an hour in a warm spot.
- When the dough has doubled in size, remove it from the bowl and pinch off several small pieces of dough. Show your child how to roll them into balls and then place them on a lightly-greased plate.
- Add the vegetable oil to a medium sized stockpot and heat it over medium for about two minutes. Be careful because the oil will become very hot!
- Now help your child carefully drop a few balls of dough into the hot oil and fry them for about three to five minutes, until they turn golden brown. You can use the slotted spoon to move them around and then fish them out of the pot.
- Place the finished donuts on some paper towels and keep frying them until you’ve used all the dough.
- While the donuts are cooling, invite your child to spoon some jam into a small plastic bag. Squeeze the jelly to one corner and then snip a small slit in that corner for a DIY piping bag.
- Use a chopstick to poke a hole in each donut and then carefully pipe some jam into the hole.
- Finally, dust the finished donuts with powdered sugar. No one will believe they’re homemade!