In our house we don’t celebrate Christmas, instead we celebrate Chanukah. This is the Jewish festival of light, and is a beautiful holiday. We have many traditions such as saying a prayer and lighting a candle every night, culminating in all eight candles being lit on the last night. We also exchange gifts, and eat lots of tasty food.
My favourite thing to eat at Chanukah is sufganiyot (pronounced soof-gan-yot). Or as I like to call them, the original Timbit. When I was a child, I remember going over to my aunt’s house for our annual holiday gathering and the house being filled by the best smell of fried dough…then biting into the warm, sugar covered, jelly filled doughnut…pure bliss. Sufganiyot are essentially the original Timbit: small, round, jelly-filled doughnuts that are simply the best tasting thing on earth.
Another thing that I love to eat at Chanukah are potato latkes. These are savoury pancakes made out of grated potatoes, onions and flour fried in oil. They are delicious, especially when eaten with apple sauce.
The last treat I always make for the holidays are shortbread cookies. Shortbread is so awesome as it is already egg and nut free so no need to substitute anything in the recipe! It is also so easy to make. I make the shortbread dough, and then I roll it out and use my Chanukah cookie cutters to make dreidls, torah scrolls, menorahs and star of David-shaped cookies. Then I cover them with blue sprinkles or blue and white icing, depending on how creative I am feeling. The kids (and the adults too) just gobble them up.
All of this talking about goodies is making me hungry…time to get cooking!
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