When I began to think about what Chanukah recipes I should put together, the very first thing that came to mind was churros, and we have a lot of extra pumpkin, and the two make a great pair. I don’t know when I was first introduced to churros, but growing up in California, churros were a way of life. When I went to college, it seemed that the only place to get a churro was Disneyland, and I haven’t found a churro to taste in North Carolina. When I made these pumpkin churros, the smells, crunch and taste felt a bit like going home, and also felt like I was adding at least 7 pounds to my body.
I make sufganiyot, from scratch. Thinking sufganiyot is too hard to make? Well, you’d be wrong. It’s easier to make than Challah, and frankly, if you celebrate Chanukah, you should buy yourself a deep fryer. My Chanukah Sufganiyot are more than just boring old jelly donuts. I love to experiment with different flavors and textures to create a Chanukah Sufganiyot experience.
This year, Chanukah collides with Christmas, and that may leave you feeling like you have plenty of time to buy all you Chanukah gifts, but don’t be fooled. The Festival of Lights will come sooner than you know it, and if you wait to shop until December, you’ll be fighting crowds and lines and Christmas music to buy for everyone on your list. That’s why I’m giving you a head-start with the Ultimate Etsy Chanukah Gift Guide for 2016.
My deep fryer is out, and I am frying up a bunch of not-so-typical Chanukah goodies for you all. First off, let’s sparkle up your sufganiyot and make New Orleans Beignets instead! What’s the difference? Not much! You can even fill these babies if you like, although they are rather thick and doughy and delicious inside. It’s better to just take a big bite, then smother these dough pillows with whatever filling you were planning on.
Is there anything better than warm, soft gingerbread? I just couldn’t wait to taste that deep molasses flavor, so I baked up a batch of Soft Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies. Sweet and satisfying, these chewy, spicy morsels are sure to please your inner Santa’s elf.
Soft pretzels are the perfect game day snack, or the perfect “taking in an episode of Doc McStuffins with the toddler” snack. The great thing about these pretzels is you can make them whatever flavor of beer you want. For this recipe I chose pumpkin beer, and I could definitely taste the pumpkin. I would recommend choosing a beer with a stronger flavor than typical so the bitter and sweet notes really stand out.
I baked some bread pudding in a pumpkin. And I baked it for you! I like to make this dish during Sukkot (and I did!), but even though the holiday is over, this dish is pretty perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah or whenever you are feeling particularly #PSL.
Happy Sukkot, everyone! This is by far my favorite Jewish holiday, probably because the food is my favorite kind of food! I have a real treat of a recipe for you today, and it’s perfect to celebrate the Feast of Booths. I call it Death by Autumn Pie. This is a sweet potato pie with pecan pie topping and a bourbon cream sauce that tastes just like eggnog. Do you think I overdid it?
Every holiday season we would sell molasses ginger cookies, which were absolutely divine. They spread out flat, but retained some thickness, chewy and spicy all at the same time. While I managed quite a bit of duties at DeLuscious, I never actually baked there (ironic, I know), so I have no clue what the recipe was, and I’d never tell you if I did. Instead of using plain old sugar to coat the cookies, they used large granular sugar. The large granules give a satisfying crunch to the chewy middle. This recipe has all the autumn spices with the holiday time charm.
Wow, it must be a high holiday miracle! For what seems like the first time, Rosh Hashanah is not sneaking up on me this year, catching me by surprise. In preparation, I made some round challot with a bangin’ new apples and honey challah recipe, and even put together a video tutorial of how to braid it. Look at me, I’m a stud!