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Hanukkah Doughnuts with Strawberry Preserves

Yield Makes 8 servings
Crème Fraîche adds a rich finishing touch to these puffy sweets.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • Vegetable oil
  • Powdered sugar
  • Strawberry preserves
  • Crème Fraîche

How to Make It

  1. Bring 1 cup water, butter, and sugar to a boil in a heavy saucepan. Add flour, and cook, whisking constantly, 3 to 4 minutes or until mixture thickens. Remove from heat; cool.

  2. Spoon mixture into a mixing bowl. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, at medium speed with an electric mixer, beating well after each addition. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface.

  3. Pat dough to 1/8-inch thickness, and cut dough with star- or dreidel-shaped cookie cutters.

  4. Pour oil to depth of 1/2 inch; heat to 375°. Fry doughnuts, in batches, 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

  5. Microwave preserves in a glass bowl at HIGH 1 to 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring once. Serve doughnuts with preserves and Crème Fraîche.