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Sufganiyot make or buy? (Long Island NY)

I am hosting two parties this year for the holiday...I would like to have some Sufganiyot ....
I am an ok cook/baker but am concerned about how long they take to make...can they keep over night and if the mess/process would be better skipped...fyi I keep kosher
any recipe suggestions?
any retail suggestions?

Thanks in advance

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  1. Are you interested in a recipe for vegan baked sufganiyot? I have one I haven't tried yet, but intend to. Despite the oil connection to the Chanukah tradition, we try to stay away from too much oil and frying is so messy. So I'm going to give this recipe a try. Happy to share it, but no gurantee!

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    1. re: lburrell

      But if you deep-fry only once a year, and do it for Chanukah, it makes the chag special.

      1. re: AdinaA

        Unpleasant experience has taught my husband and me that eating fatty food once a year, or even just infrequently when your body has become accustomed to a very low fat diet, will likely include some very bad digestive side effects. The prospect of those side effects keeps us cooking our vegan latkes in a pan just sprayed with oil and entices me with the idea of being able to bake, not fry the donuts.

          1. re: cheesecake17

            Haven't tried that. The recipe I use is an adaptation of a Frances Moore Lappe recipe from the 60's and it comes out more like a regular pancake, rather than grated potatoes held together with egg. Ingredients are blended in a blender and the pancakes are lighter and fluffier, but taste very nicely of potato and onion. And they require very little oil. I do keep them warm in the oven.

    2. make. use the french laundry donut recipe.

      1. Make. Like Moshe said.

        If at all possible, set thing up so that you make them right at the party and let guests roll them in sugar and eat them hot.

        If not possible, make them just before the party and keep them warm.

        i do not see any point to doughnuts that are more than a couple of hours old. If i can't do them fresh, I serve something else.

        If there is anyone on this list who hasn't made fresh doughnuts, do it. It is especially wonderful to do with small children. don't let them anywhere the hot fat, but do let them roll the warm crullers in cinnamon sugar. A far better centerpiece for a chag than opening gifts.

        1. not exactly what i would consider a sufganiya, bc in my mind they should have a filling, but i made this recipe for baked donuts around sukkot and ti was delicious

          http://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2...

          ive since made them a few times with variation- less sugar, less oil, turning the batter in to cookie, and would be happy to elaborate if anyone is interested

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          1. re: shoelace

            Thanks for this link! I'm going to try to make these tomorrow morning as a Shabbat dessert. No donut pan, so I'll use a mini muffin tin

            1. re: cheesecake17

              report back, im curious if everyone loves them as much as i did, bc ive been pushing the recipe and usually my friends run and copy my recipes and that hasnt been the case this time around

              1. re: shoelace

                Didn't get a chance to make them- my roast ended up being in the oven much longer than expected. Hopefully I'll try the recipe one day this week

            2. re: shoelace

              The baked sufganiyot recipe I have calls for a raised yeast dough, cut into doughnut form baked and then filled with jelly using a pastry bag. I'm not sure what kind of tip I would use to allow the jelly to pass through into the doughnut without leaving a big hole!

            3. If the party is dairy then avoid the mess and go to Dunkin Donuts (kosher one of course) and leave the baking to them. I personally don't care for the ones that local bakeries make since they are too doughy for me and tend to have very little filling.

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              1. re: MartyB

                Aside from the fact that many of the people on Chowhound actually enjoy cooking and baking, especially special things for special occasions, there are very few kosher Dunkin Donuts in the NY area. There are only two that I know of on Long Island, and that's about it. Maybe there's one in Brooklyn as well?

                  1. re: tamarw

                    And two on the upper west side.

                        1. re: helou

                          One in Elizabeth.

                          But yeah, serving Dunkin Donuts as 'sufganiyot' is rather anticlimactic.

                          1. re: GilaB

                            Personally, I'd rather be served Dunkin Donuts than what most of the kosher bakeries serve this time of year. At least Dunkin Donuts specializes in making donuts. If the kosher bakeries made decent donuts they would serve them year round instead of just for Channukah.

                            Of course, if you're willing to go through the effort of making them yourself, it's much better.

                            1. re: avitrek

                              Making doughnuts is not difficult. And they really are good only when very fresh.

                              Certainly one of the most wonderful fully kosher experiences in America is sitting at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans drinking coffee and eating a beignets.

                              They are super easy to make (doughnuts take a little time, but almost no skill)

                              But, really, cold bakery doughnuts? As a special yom tov treat? Really?

                  2. re: queenscook

                    Kosher Dunkin Donuts

                    687 Amsterdam (W. 94th) New York, NY
                    51 East 34th Street, New York, NY
                    535 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY
                    1980 86th St, Brooklyn, NY
                    1691 East 16th Street, Brooklyn, NY
                    934 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, NY
                    1903 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, NY
                    1922 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
                    906 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
                    995 Manor Road, Staten Island, NY
                    120 E Sunrise Hwy, Valley Stream, NY
                    299 Burnside Avenue, Lawrence, NY
                    31 Franklin Avenue, Hewlett, NY
                    25170 Greenfield Road, Oak Park, MI
                    3132 West Devon Avenue, Chicago, IL
                    3900 West Dempster Street, Skokie, IL‎
                    186 Elmora Ave., Elizabeth, NJ
                    7 Broad St., Elizabeth, NJ
                    139 ½ Ferry St., Newark, NJ
                    920 Newark Ave, Elizabeth, NJ
                    350 Broad St., Newark, NJ
                    624 Bayway Ave., Elizabeth, NJ
                    275 Chestnut St., Newark, NJ
                    1406 Teaneck Ave., Teaneck, NJ
                    51-57 South Spring St., Elizabeth, NJ
                    433 N Broad ST, 2nd floor, Elizabeth, NJ
                    341 West 41st Street, Miami Beach, FL
                    5819 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
                    2006 Viers Mill Rd, SIlver Spring, MD
                    7000 Reisterstown Rd., Baltimore, MD

                    http://yeahthatskosher.com/2010/06/ko...

                    NOTE: List is dated (two years old) but it is a starting point.

                    1. re: MartyB

                      How does a list like this help for this question? It is not at all a "starting point" in any way. If I were having a Chanukah party here in Queens, how does knowing there is a DD in Baltimore, Chicago, or Miami help me? And two years out of date? C'mon. There's not a single DD on this list within 45 minutes from my house, and if I were interested in serving store-bought doughnuts, I certainly wouldn't need to know they are available a plane ride away.

                      1. re: queenscook

                        Well it first of all it shows the 3 LI locations where Kosher Dunkin Donuts can be bought. A starting point was really directed to the readership at large who may be interested in Dunkin Donuts locations if they are traveling. A "starting point" is a reference to the fact that the list is two years old so some may have lost their hashgacha and must be contacted before hand or Googled in advance.

                        The point of posting the list was partly to show that there are more than one kosher Dunkin Donuts in Brooklyn and two in LI but is in fact in quite a few locations.

                        1. re: MartyB

                          It probably is helpful. Even if the OP is looking for a local place, lots of other people find pages on this site googling for advice like what to serve at a Chunkah party