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Israelis enjoy jelly-filled donuts, called soufganiyot (soof-GHAHN-ee-yote), during Hanukkah. The donuts traditionally are fried, but we bake them to trim calories. We found using a plastic condiment bottle (available at supermarkets and kitchen supply stores) is the easiest way to fill the donuts with jelly. Serve this as a snack during Hanukkah. It's not part of our menu because it contains milk; kosher law prohibits serving milk and meat at the same meal. Store at room temperature up to two days.

Recipe by Cooking Light December 2008


Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

Recipe Summary

8 servings (serving size: 2 rolls)


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Instructions Checklist
  • Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm milk in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes or until foamy. Add remaining 1/4 cup warm milk, granulated sugar, and next 5 ingredients (through egg); beat with a mixer at medium speed until blended (butter will not be completed melted). Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 9 ounces (about 2 cups) flour to yeast mixture; beat at medium speed until smooth. Stir in 4 1/2 ounces (about 1 cup) flour to form a soft dough. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead dough until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes); add enough of remaining 1 ounce (about 1/4 cup) flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel sticky).

  • Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.) Punch dough down; cover and let rest 5 minutes. Divide dough into 16 portions, rolling each portion into a ball.

  • Place dough balls on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover and let rise 45 minutes or until dough is doubled in size.

  • Preheat oven to 375°.

  • Uncover balls. Bake at 375° for 14 minutes or until browned. Remove from pan; cool completely on a wire rack.

  • Make a pocket in each roll using the handle of a wooden spoon, pushing to but not through the opposite end. Fill with about 2 teaspoons jam, using plastic condiment bottle or a piping bag. Sprinkle rolls with powdered sugar.

Nutrition Facts

316 calories; calories from fat 7%; fat 2.5g; saturated fat 1.4g; mono fat 0.8g; poly fat 0.2g; protein 6.8g; carbohydrates 66g; fiber 1.4g; cholesterol 32mg; iron 2.6mg; sodium 148mg; calcium 33mg.