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Jelly Donuts

Donuts from Breads Bakery - Photo Courtesy of Breads Bakery (NYC)

Donuts from Breads Bakery – Photo Courtesy of Breads Bakery (NYC)

It’s traditional to cook with oil during the Hanukkah holiday and there’s no better way to mark the holiday than to enjoy Jelly Donuts — also known as Sufganiyot.  (I’m all over celebrations that involve Donuts!)  This year Hanukkah starts at sundown on December 6th.

While Jelly Donuts are thankfully available year-round, here’s a sampling of special holiday-inspired Jelly Donut offerings:  (Also see the Dessert Surveillance posting on Donuts.)

Federal Donuts' Mini Jelly Donuts - Photo Courtesy of Federal Donuts (Philadelphia, PA)

Federal Donuts’ Mini Jelly Donuts (and other food) – Photo Courtesy of Federal Donuts (Philadelphia, PA)

Philadelphia’s Federal Donuts is offering mini Jelly Donuts, known as Chanukah Minis.  (There’s more than one way to spell Hanukkah.)

Psycho Donuts' Donuts - Photo Courtesy of Psycho Donuts (CA)

Psycho Donuts’ Hanukkah Offerings – Photo Courtesy of Psycho Donuts (CA)

Psycho Donuts, based in San Jose and Campbell, CA, is commemorating the holiday with two special Jelly Donuts as well as a Custard Donut.

Outside of Breads Bakery

Breads Bakery’s Storefront – Photo Courtesy of Breads Bakery (NYC)

For those seeking variety, New York City’s Breads Bakery features Strawberry, Dulce de Leche, Chocolate, and Vanilla Sufganiyot.

Hanukoncrete from Shake Shack - Photo Courtesy of Shake Shack

Hanukoncrete from Shake Shack – Photo Courtesy of Shake Shack

And if you want the taste of Jelly Donuts — in a cold dessert?  Never fear — Shake Shack has you covered, with its Hanukoncrete.  A Concrete is a dense custard and this special holiday Concrete includes vanilla custard, strawberry purée, and Glazed Donut pieces.

Here’s to indulging in Jelly Donuts!

 

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Babka

Eli's Chocolate an Raisin Nut Babkas (New York City) - Photo Courtesy of Eli's

Eli’s Chocolate and Raisin Nut Babkas (New York City) – Photo Courtesy of Eli’s

Babka is a sweet yeast cake that’s quite adaptable. According to King Arthur Flour and The New York Times, Babka (or Baba) is commonly served on Easter Sunday in many Eastern European countries and is typically baked in a fluted round tube pan.  An Americanized Eastern European Jewish version, filled with cinnamon or chocolate and topped with streusel is more like a coffee cake.  It’s often baked in a loaf pan and while it’s not a Chanukah dish, it’s often served at Chanukah.

How popular is Babka?

Zucker Bakery's Chocolate Babka

Zucker Bakery’s Chocolate Babka (New York City) – Photo Courtesy of Zucker Bakery

Melissa Feit, a baker and co-owner of New York-based Zucker Bakery, reports “Our [Chocolate] Babka has always been a bakery favorite, but it recently became more popular due to an article written about it on the Serious Eats blog.  Since then, our production has greatly increased.  We’ve talked about adding more varieties in the near future (possibly including Orange, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, etc.).  As far as trends, the weekends become busy when people partake in brunches.  And of course, holidays!”

And when both Chocolate and Cinnamon are in the Babka line-up, which is more popular?

Greens & Ackermans' Round Cinnamon Babka (New York City) - Photo Courtesy of Greens & Ackermans

Greens & Ackermans’ Round Cinnamon Babka (New York City) – Photo Courtesy of Greens & Ackermans

At Greens & Ackermans, a bakery based in New York with online sales, Chocolate is the more popular Babka variety.  Both the Chocolate and Cinnamon Babka are available in different sizes – ranging from a Mini to a Full-Size Loaf to an even larger Round Babka.  And Greens is experimenting with new Babka flavors.  An interesting trend relayed by Greens:  Babka is becoming increasingly popular for corporate gifts.

How has Babka been gussied up?

Chocolate Babka from Breads Bakery

Chocolate Babka from Breads Bakery (New York City) – Photo Courtesy of Breads Bakery

New York-based Breads Bakery has won acclaim for its Chocolate Babka.  What’s in it?  Nutella and Chocolate Chips.  Breads Bakery’s Uri Scheft said he likes taking classic pastries and putting his unique twist on them.  For the Jewish New Year he adds apple to Babka.  (Note: on the Jewish New Year, apples are often dipped in honey to symbolize the wish for a Happy New Year.)  And around special holidays Uri has added other ingredients, such as halvah (a sweet confection made of crushed sesame seeds and honey) to Babka.  (Also see the Dessert Surveillance posting on Breads Bakery.)

I’d love to see a Babka with White Chocolate, but then again I love White Chocolate!

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