These little pastries, filled with jam (or chocolate, if I were making them), are even more important to Chanukkah celebration than the ubiquitous latkes. Enjoy, Beautiful People!
A dear blogofriend Shira of shiradest.wordpress.com has been asking for a very special Chanukkah treat – sufganiyot. Here they are, with my heartfelt wishes for light in your lives, Beautiful People!
When Adam and Eve had to leave the Garden of Eden in a hurry, they hadn’t thought of packing a lunch box. Supposedly, He Who had kicked them out, sent them a comfort parcel with a dozen hole-less doughnuts filled with jam. Yum!
The Hebrew word for doughnut, sufgania, is here presented as an abbreviation of “The end of the Garden of G-d” (sof-gan-yud-hey). It’s a folk tale not supported by any evidence, but it shows how holy the hole-less doughnuts are considered in Israel. Forget latkes; in Israel, sufganiya equals Chanukkah! The idea is the same: to commemorate the miracle of the oil (for explanation, please see But Hannah Did Not…
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