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December is known as the time of the year where everyone is cozying up around the fireplace, spending time with family and eating delicious food. Christmas isn’t the only holiday taking place in December, it is also the season to celebrate Kwanza and Hanukkah.
Here are a few great recipes to try out this holiday season, whatever the occasion!
Hanukkah Sufganiyot (Jelly Donuts)
This is a classic deep-fried Israeli dessert. They symbolize the miracle of the burning oil lamps during Hanukkah.
What you’ll need:
- 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup warm water (100 degrees to 110 degrees)
- 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar, plus more for rolling
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 3 cups vegetable oil, plus more for bowl
- 1 cup seedless raspberry jam
1- In a small bowl, mix yeast, warm water, and 1 teaspoon sugar. Set aside until foamy (about 10 minutes).
2- Place flour in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and add eggs, yeast mixture, ¼ cup of sugar, butter, nutmeg, and salt. Stir, then on a well-floured surface, knead until smooth and soft.
3- Place in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise until doubled. 1-1.5 hours.
4- On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to ¼ inch thickness.
5- Cut 20 rounds with a cutter. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise 15 minutes.
6- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat oil until a deep-frying thermometer registers 370 degrees. Slip 4 rounds into oil. Fry until gold, about 40 seconds. Turn doughnuts over, fry until golden on the other side. Then, transfer to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet, roll in sugar while warm. Fry all dough, and roll in sugar.
7- Fill a party bag fitted with a #4 tip with jam. Make a small hole in the side of each doughnut and fill with jam.
Molasses Sugar Cookies
These are yummy chewy spice cookies.
What you’ll need:
- 1 1/2 cups shortening
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 2 eggs
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon salt
1- Melt shortening in a large pan, then cool.
2- Add sugar, eggs and molasses. Beat well.
3- In a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients together and add to the pan. Mix well and chill 3 hours or overnight.
4- Form into walnut-size balls. Roll in granulated sugar. Place on greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
5- Bake at 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes.
6- Store in an airtight container to keep from getting overly crisp. If they do lost their softness, an easy way to restore it is to place one slice of fresh bread in the container with the cookies for a couple of hours or overnight so that they turn soft again.
Sweet Potato Pie
This Kwanza classic is the ultimate comfort food!
What you’ll need:
- 1/3 cup butter or 1/3 cup margarine, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 3/4 cup evaporated milk
- 2 cups mashed sweet potatoes
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 9 inches unbaked pie shells
1- In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.
2- Add eggs; mix well.
3- Add milk, sweet potatoes, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt; mix well.
4- Pour into pie shell.
5- Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.
6- Reduce heat to 350 degrees; bake 35-40 minutes longer or until pie tests done.
7- Cool; Store in refrigerator.
Let us know what you’re favourite holiday recipes are!