Celebrate Hanukkah with a tray of classic sufganiyot, but with a truly magnificent twist. We take the traditional treat, filled with strawberry jam and dusted with powdered sugar, and amp up the taste factor. Bite into one and you’ll get a mouthful of tart strawberry preserves, plus a soft, creamy cheesecake custard. If you’re a cheesecake lover and doughnut fanatic, this recipe might change your life — or at least make your Hanukkah extra special.
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours
Makes: 12-14 doughnuts
1 cup milk
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 7-g packet quick-rise instant yeast
1 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 egg, beaten
2 1/2 cups flour plus more for dusting
1 cup cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup icing sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp milk
3/4 cup strawberry preserves
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 cup icing sugar
1. Heat milk in a small sauce pan over low until temperature is slightly above room temperature. Stir in sugar and remove from heat. Pour into the bowl of a stand mixer set with the dough hook attachment, add yeast and set aside until tiny bubbles appear on the surface of the milk, about 10 minutes.
2. Beat in salt, vanilla, butter and egg until smooth. Add in flour and beat on medium high speed until a smooth dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl cleanly and climbs the dough hook, about 5 minutes. Form dough into a ball and place in a well-oiled bowl. Cover with a dish towel and place in a warm place until dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.
3. Prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roll out dough onto a lightly floured surface until 3/4-inch thick. Using a floured 3-inch round cookie cutter, press into dough and twist to release dough. Place dough rounds on the prepared baking sheet. Re-roll dough scraps one time and repeat.
4. Cover dough rounds with dish towel and set aside in a warm place until dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.
5. Prepare a baking sheet lined with a few layers of paper towel. Pour oil into a large pot until 3-4 inches deep. Set pot with a clip-on thermometer and heat until temperature reaches 350°F. Adjust heat to maintain temperature. Working in batches of 3 or 4, fry doughnuts until golden, about 1 minute per side. Remove doughnuts carefully using a spider or slotted spoon. Place on paper towel lined surface and allow to cool.
6. To make the cheesecake filling, beat cream cheese with icing sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth. Place mixture in a piping bag fitted with 1/4-inch piping tip. Poke piping tip into the side of each doughnuts and evenly distribute filling among doughnuts until piping bag is emptied.
7. In a small bowl mix strawberry preserves with lemon zest. If there are any large strawberry chunks in preserve, remove and chop into small pieces and return to mixture. Place into the same piping bag. Return piping tip into the same hole of doughnut made with cheese cake filling. Repeat with strawberry filling, distributing mixture to doughnuts.
8. Dust with icing sugar right before serving.