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Low Fat Israeli Hanukkah Jelly Doughnuts

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A tradition in Israel is serving Hanukkah sufganiyot (jelly donuts), which are fried in oil to symbolize the miracle of the oil that lasted eight days instead of one. As a rule of thumb, we rarely will accomdate a fried recipe, but this one has history and tradition and just could not be excluded! Enjoy a few during Hanukkah!

Recipe Ingredients

1 package dry yeast (1 scant tablespoon)
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup lukewarm water
3 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (approximately)
1 cup lukewarm skim milk
1 large egg
1 egg yolk
Pinch of salt
Grated zest of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons reduced fat butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup apricot jam (approximately)
Confectioner's or granulated sugar for rolling

Recipe Directions

Jelly Donut Dissolve the yeast and 1 tablespoon of the sugar in the water.

Put the flour in the bowl of a food processor equipped with a steel blade. Add the dissolved yeast, milk, egg, egg yolk, salt, lemon zest and the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Process until blended. Add the butter and process until the dough becomes sticky yet elastic.

Remove the dough to a bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place for at least an hour. If you want to prepare the dough in advance, place it in the refrigerator overnight, then let it warm to room temperature before rolling and cutting.

Grease 2 cookie sheets. Dust a pastry board with flour. Roll the dough out to a 1/2-inch thickness. Using the top of a glass as a cutter, cut into rounds about 2-inches in diameter and roll these into balls. Place the balls about 1 to 1-1/2-inches apart on the greased cookie sheets. Cover and let rise 30 minutes more.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Bake the doughnuts for 12 to 15 minutes or until they're golden. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Soften the jam in a food processor. Using an injector (available at cooking stores), insert a teaspoon of jam into each doughnut. Roll the soufganiyot in confectioner's or granulated sugar and serve immediately.

Nutrition information per doughnut:
Recipe makes 24 servings
Serving size: 1 doughnut
Calories: 114; Total Fat: 1g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 17mg; Sodium: 37mg; Total Carbohydrate: 0g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Protein: 2g

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