Hanukkah—the Jewish festival of lights—begins on Saturday, December 8 after sunset, and I can’t wait. There’s nothing I love more than the simple ritual of lighting the Menorah and singing the Hanukkah blessings. Oh wait, there is one thing I love more: Eating Hanukkah jelly doughnuts—also known as sufganiyot! I usually buy my jelly doughnuts (both Tal Bagels and the famous Russ & Daughters whip them up for the holiday, for any Manhattanites who may be reading). But this year I think I’ll make a batch of my own, thanks to this handy fake-it, don’t-make it Real Simple recipe for Raspberry Ponchik (that’s Polish for doughnuts).
The secret: Instead of mixing dough from scratch, you just buy a package of pre-made refrigerated biscuits! Place a teaspoon of jam in each one, bring the edges together to form a ball, and pinch each closed at the top to seal in the filling. You’ll be frying—and eating—in no time.
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