Chanukah and the Original Timbit

| November 27, 2013 | 17 Comments

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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Category: Desserts, Food, Holidays

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I am an active mother of two fabulous kids that make me smile every day. I love to cook old favourites and try out new recipes and never let my kids’ nut and egg allergy get in the way! I am forever dragging my husband all over town to try out the latest and greatest new spots to eat but for the most part I think he’s a willing participant. I would call myself a Foodie but then you would think I was pretentious, so I won't go there. I am an avid reader, pretty much anything I can get my hands on, anytime I can squeeze it in. (Yes that was me you saw reading while I was running on the treadmill at the gym). I love to write and share all my great finds whenever I can! Let’s eat!

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  1. Dreena says:

    Enjoy your Holiday! Thanks for sharing your traditions about Chanukah.

  2. Andree says:

    Sounds wonderfully delicious!!!

  3. Marlayne says:

    Happy Chanukah! Everything sounds delicious!

  4. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    It’s nice to hear about other people’s traditions. I love potato latkes, one of the things I just have to have at our Heritage Festival – yummy.

  5. Jo-Anne Pfoh says:

    what a wonderful recipe thanks for sharing

  6. kristen visser says:

    OMG this looks sooo good! i have a craving now lol

  7. Suzanne G says:

    The sufganiyot sounds like what we call bismarks

  8. Heidi C. says:

    These sound delicious! Happy Chanukah and enjoy!

  9. Cheryl (@loucheryl) says:

    My son would love these yummy goodies!

  10. Rick F says:

    Love latkes with sour cream.

  11. kathy downey says:

    It’s love hearing about other people’s traditions,being a Newfoundlander we have so many also

  12. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    sounds like my kind of food. I love potato latkes and the sufganiyot are just my cup of tea too. :-). Shortbread I like too, I usually have to buy that despite my sister-in-law being Scottish 🙂

  13. kathy downey says:

    Thinking about trying this

  14. Susan T. says:

    I’ve never heard of Sufganiyot but they look delicious! I would love to make my own donuts but I assume it is difficult?

  15. kathy downey says:

    this sounds delicious thanks for sharing with us

  16. Debbie White Beattie says:

    I’ve never heard of these before but they look delicious

  17. kathy downey says:

    This is now a family favorite,thanks for sharing!

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