Sfinge – Moroccan Chanukah Doughnuts

If you’ve lost count of the number of doughnuts you’ve tried, why not try this amazing Chanukah treat instead… Sfinge! A dish popular amongst Moroccan Jews and other Sephardim for Chanukah, it is more of a free-form doughnut than the jam filled variety and is served drizzled with honey or sprinkled with sugar. Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, this fried treat is a great way of celebrating and commemorating the miracle of Chanukah.

Recipe and sfinge: @samantha.dadoun and @koby.dadon

We have loads more great doughnut recipes in our Chanukah recipe section including Salted Caramel Doughnuts, traditional jam-filled Sufganiot and our not-so-conventional Hoisin Duck Savoury Doughnuts!


  • 1.5-1.75 kg plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons yeast
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tablespoons arak (optional)
  • Approx 1.5 litres water


  1. Combine all ingredients to form a dough.
  2. Pat with a drop of extra water and drizzle oil on top, cover with a cloth and leave for 45 mins to increase in size.
  3. Punch down dough, add pat again with water to ensure the top is glazed and shiny but not sodden and leave for another 20mins
  4. Heat oil til very hot
  5. With wet hands, take from the underneath of the dough and form into shape. Fry til golden.
  6. Enjoy with honey or sprinkled in sugar! Best served fresh and warm.

Happy Chanukah!

Photo: Sophy Weiss Photography

Sfinge. Moroccan Chanukah Doughnuts.