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Let's face it: American Jews kind of get the shaft around this time of the year, what with Hanukkah being almost entirely overwhelmed by the tsunami of Christmas cheer. But if one thing seems to make up for the army of mall Santas and a veritable assault of evergreen, it's got to be sufganiyot.
Just one bite of these warm little powdered-sugar-coated balls of jelly-filled fried dough is maybe enough to forget how many times you've had to listen to Taylor Swift's rendition of "Last Christmas" over the PA system at Macy's.
If to Gentile ears "sufganiyot" sounds an awful lot like "donut," well, that's essentially what they are. As Jewish writer and donut aficionado Temin Fruchter explains at "The Jew and the Carrot" (the food blog for the Jewish Daily Forward), how sufganiyot became a Hanukkah staple is somewhat of a mystery, though there seems something to the explanation that a holiday based on the miraculous replenishment of Temple oil merits a treat that's fried in the stuff (and bring on the latkes while you're at it).