Jelly Donuts

Donuts donuts donuts! I can't get enough! This is the perfect time of year to make something doughy, delicious and gooey. I have been looking into food traditions that surround the winter holidays. From St. Nick to what to eat and not eat on New Years, I have learned a lot! Fried foods are a staple during Hanukkah as an homage to the miracle of the holiday where one day’s worth of oil lasted for eight days. This dish pays tribute in the tastiest way we know! 

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons active dry yeast
¾ cup milk, warmed to 110°F
1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
2 ¼ cups flour, plus extra for flouring a surface
3 eggs yolks
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 cups vegetable oil
1 cup jam (raspberry or strawberry)
Granulated white or confectioners’ sugar

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the yeast, milk, and 1 teaspoon granulated sugar. Let it sit for 15 minutes until foamy.
  2. In a large bowl, add the flour. Make a well in the center of the flour and add the egg yolks, yeast mixture, ¼ cup granulated sugar, butter, and salt.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, stir the mixture until a dough starts to form and is sticky.
  4. Lightly flour a surface. Place the dough on top and knead until it is smooth and elastic for 8–10 minutes.
  5. Form the dough into a ball and place into a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise until dough has doubled in size about 1 ½ hours.
  6. Lightly flour a surface and roll the dough to ¼-inch thick.
  7. Using a 2 ½-inch round cutter, cut 20 rounds of dough. Cover with plastic and let rise for 15 minutes.
  8. Line a baking sheet with paper towels.
  9. In a deep skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat until the temperature reaches 370°F.
  10. Carefully place 2 rounds into the oil and fry for about 40 seconds. Turn the donuts over and fry for an additional 40 seconds until golden.
  11. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on the baking sheet.
  12. Roll in the granulated sugar or sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.
  13. Fill a pastry bag with a #4 pastry tip.
  14. Using a wooden skewer, make a hole in the side of each doughnut.
  15. Fit the pastry tip into the hole and pipe about 2 teaspoons of jam into the doughnut.