Hanukkah is celebrated by Jewish people across the globe. Along with lighting the menorah and playing dreidel, a delicious tradition is eating fried foods. These are Kar-Ben’s top five recipes to try out this Hanukkah, some are from different areas in the world, and some are by classic Kar-Ben characters!
Burmelos – from Hanukkah Around the World
Originating from Turkey, these delightful treats are great way to satisfy your Hanukkah doughnut cravings.
1 c. milk
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder
1 ½ c. flour
Your favorite syrup!
- Crack an egg into a bowl. Mix the egg well with a fork. Add the milk and mix again.
- Add cinnamon and baking powder and mix again
- Slowly pour in the flour and mix until thick
- Heat oil in a deep frying pan. Drop the batter by tablespoons into the oil, keeping fritters a few inches apart
- Turn them until they are golden brown on both sides
- Remove them from the oil and let drain on a paper towel.
- Put them on a plate and top with syrup
Cheese Latkes – from Macabbee Meals
In ancient times, latkes were made with cheese to commemorate the brave Judith. The story goes that when General Holofernes threatened to kill the Jews, Judith fed him incredibly salty cheese. The salty cheese was so he drank a lot of wine. When General Holofernes was so drunk, Judith took the opportunity to cut off his head and save her people from destruction.
1 c. ricotta cheese
2/3 c. flour
½ tsp. salt
Oil for frying
- Put cheese and eggs in bowl and mix well.
- Add flour and salt and mix again.
- Heat 1/8 inch of oil in large frying pan
- Carefully place spoonfuls of batter into hot oil and fry on both sides until brown.
- Drain on paper towels. Serve with sour cream.
Cranberry Kugel – from Kugel for Hanukkah?
Kugel is a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish dish made using egg noodles or potatoes. This recipe is a noodle kugel for Hanukkah, because why not?
8 oz. egg noodles, uncooked
4 large eggs
1/3 c. granulated sugar
1 c. sour cream
1 c. cottage cheese, pureed
½ tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
1/3 c. chocolate chips
1/3 c. dried cranberries
2 tbsp. butter
- Ask an adult to help you make Hanukkah Kugel
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Butter the inside of a large casserole dish or 9x9-inch pan
- In a large pot, boil egg noodles, according to package directions
- In the meantime, mix eggs, sugar, sour cream, cottage cheese, vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate chips, and cranberries in a medium bowl.
- Drain egg noodles and add to the mixture. Stir until well combined.
- Pour into casserole dish and bake for one hour or until the kugel pulls away from the sides of the dish and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
Candle Glow Biscuits – from Sammy Spider’s First Taste of Hanukkah
Sammy spider watches the Shapiro family as they create delightfully scrumptious treats for Hanukkah!
1 8-0z block of cheddar cheese
3 c. flour
1 ¼ c. softened butter (1 ½ sticks)
2 tsp. baking powder
1 ½ c. milk
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
- Shred the cheese with a grater until you have 4 cups of shredded cheese.
- Mix the cheese, flour, butter, and baking powder in large mixing bowl
- Slowly mix in the milk
- Spray the cookie sheet with cooking spray
- Drop spoonfuls of the batter onto the greased cookie sheet
- Bake 10-12 minutes
Precipizi – from Hanukkah Around the World
Hanukkah Precipizi are small fried dough balls covered in honey. They are a traditional treat from Italy that celebrates the tradition of eating fried food to commemorate the miracle of the oil burning for eight days.
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. flour
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. brandy (optional)
Powdered sugar for topping
Olive oil for frying
- Mix all the ingredients until smooth
- Form into balls and fry in hot oil until golden brown. Drain the balls on a paper towel.
- Pour enough honey into a saucepan to cover the balls (about a cup). Heat the honey, and balls to pot, and stir until the balls are coated with honey.
- Pour the balls and honey onto an oiled cookie sheet. the balls should be touching, but not on top of each other. Oil a knife and cut into bars or squares. Move bars onto a second oiled cookie sheet to cool and harden. Dust with powdered sugar.