THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
This year, Christmas and Hanukkah land on the same day, and this has me thinking about lots of shared traditions and stories....and, of course, dessert! If you have ever had the pleasure of enjoying a traditional Jewish meal on one of their many holidays, you understand the connection. There’s nothing more extravagant and plentiful than a homemade Jewish feast and just when you think you can’t eat any more after dinner, the table gets cleared and rows and rows of sweet treats are placed in front of you! From rugelach (my daughter's fave) to chocolate-covered matzo to coconut macaroons, it’s truly amazing for a dessert lover.
For Hanukkah, the main dessert is sufganiyot, which is effectively a cultural jelly doughnut! For the Festival of Lights, sufganiyot symbolizes the burning lamps in the ancient holy temple in Jerusalem. Below is a fantastic recipe for these treats as well as a few others to round out the holiday table. Enjoy and a very happy holiday season to you all!