• 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • a pinch of ground nutmeg
  • a pinch of cinnamon
  • 2 tbl melted butter
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbl of milk
  • dash of vanilla
  • 1whole egg and one egg yolk
  • confectionery sugar

it’s hanukah (or chanukah, hannukah, chanuka, chanukkah, channukah, hannuka, hannukkah, channuka).

i just realized this is my first (i am going to spell it different ways through out this post, well, just because i can) chanukah post.

i’m not sure where i have been. actually i know…i’ve been gurgling olive oil and balsamic vinegar, testing recipes, working, wrapping gifts,and planning holiday parties.

this time of year is chaotic.

i mean…i almost can’t wait till january. my calender is clear (whew).

before you know it, it will be valentines day and there will possibly be snow on the ground and you can finally get some use of that new winter jacket you got.

but first, we celebrate (hrm, which way should i spell it this time) channukah.

oil, symbolic. donuts tradition…something good to eat with all those latkes. both foods i grew up eating on hannukah (now i just can’t stop myself).

is the different spellings driving you crazy yet? i still can’t figure out what the right hash-tag would be. #hannukah #chanukah (help).

i’m going off subject again…i can’t stop myself.

…doughnuts (donuts, see a theme here?). we love them. we especially love them on hannuka.

happy happy! enjoy the 4th night!

homemade sugar doughnut (donut) holes    this recipe is adapted from michael smith, chef at home

this doughnut hole recipe is quite easy and makes perfect little holes that are cake-like and delicious. perfect recipe to involve the kiddos. the best part, no rising time.

  1. in a mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  2. in a separate bowl, mix together the melted butter, milk, vanilla and eggs.
  3. make a little hole on the bottom of your dry ingredient bowl and pour wet ingredients in. stir well until combined and the mixture forms a dough. i started out using a wooden spoon and just ended up using my hands, it was much easier and i felt like i had a better handle on what was happening.
  4. take some flour, enough where the dough wont stick, and sprinkle on a mat, board, or your counter. roll the dough until it’s about 1/2 an inch thick.
  5. cut out doughnut holes using a small circular cookie cutter. i used the top of a tea infuser because i don’t have any circular cookie cutters.
  6. to a pan, add about a 1 1/2 an inch of canola oil. when hot, drop the dough into the hot oil and fry until they are golden (about 1 to 1/2 minutes per side). flip and fry on other side (use a fork, works perfectly). drain on paper towels.
  7. when holes are cooled: into a bag, i used one of those brown lunch bags, add confectionery sugar. drop cooked holes into bag and dust with sugar.

this recipe makes about 24 doughnut holes. eat them warm. serve them for dessert. enjoy them and then wish everyone a happy hanukkah.


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