Oily fried foods such as potato latkes and doughnuts are traditionally eaten in homage to the miracle of Chanukah, where a small jug of oil discovered amongst the ruins of the Temple managed to light the menorah for eight whole days.
Traditionally a sugary treat, we have seen a trend towards savoury doughnuts in the past few years, fulfilling the custom of fried treats, but flipping the notion of a doughnut on its head. Our savoury doughnuts are a riff on Chinese duck pancakes and get their sweetness from hoisin sauce, whilst the meat filling and garlicky dough offer a savoury twist.
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.