A New Family Food Tradition for Hanukkah: Mini Salted Caramel Sufganiyot

Photography by Gav Martell

The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah has so many great food traditions, but few are as tempting as sufganiyot, which are fried doughnuts filled with delectable jellies and dusted with powdered sugar. They’re hard to resist!

I thought it would be a great idea to combine this Hanukkah staple with one of my all-time favourite treats: salted caramel. After failing twice to make my own caramel at home—I burnt one batch and then undercooked the second—I decided to take the easy way out and doctor some store-bought caramel sauce. (Hey, there’s no shame in looking for some help in the grocery aisle, especially after you’ve gone through three cups of sugar and a cup of cream the old fashioned way!)

Either way, the end result was as delicious as I’d hoped. The kids gobbled these up as quickly as we could fill and dust them. The sea salt sprinkled on top along with the traditional icing sugar gave a wonderful sweet and savoury punch with every bite. Definitely a new tradition in our home. Yum!

You’ll find the full recipe here: Mini Salted Caramel Sufganiyot

What’s your family’s favourite holiday recipe?

By day, Gav Martell is vice president at a software company. By night, he’s busy cooking up a storm, exploring culinary adventures, watching copious amounts of Food Network, drinking a nice red wine, training for half-marathons, playing endless amounts of hockey, and being a dad to three awesome taste-testers—not necessarily in that order. Each Monday, he shares a yummy recipe or great food tips to help your family get the most out of mealtime. Check out his blog at GrillInterrupted.com. You can also find him on Twitter.

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