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.
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
- Combine all ingredients to form a dough.
- 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.
- Punch down dough, add pat again with water to ensure the top is glazed and shiny but not sodden and leave for another 20mins
- Heat oil til very hot
- With wet hands, take from the underneath of the dough and form into shape. Fry til golden.
- Enjoy with honey or sprinkled in sugar! Best served fresh and warm.
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