Sufganiyot Israel’s cupcake

Sufganiyot at the Roladin bakery near my apartment …don’t they look deadly? And they are delicious too… even without the frosting

Israelis celebrate Hanukkah in style with these beautiful doughnuts called sufganiyot.

These colorful filled donuts are popping up everywhere in every flavor in anticipation of the 8 night winter holiday

I am making my own version for fall with an Ahhh, pumpkin vanilla buttercream.

Here’s a recipe for an easy version


2 large eggs

3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, diced
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt

Vegetable oil (for frying)

Powdered sugar

Whisk first 6 ingredients in large bowl to blend. Blend flour, butter, baking powder and salt in processor until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture to form soft dough.

Pour oil to depth of 1 1/2 inches in large saucepan. Heat oil to 340°F. Working in batches, drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into hot oil. Cook until golden brown, turning occasionally, about 3 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer doughnuts to baking sheet lined with paper towels and drain. Reheat oil to 340°F between batches. Roll doughnuts in powdered sugar.

Shitty Parking

Illegally parked cars are a common sight in Israel . I find it amusing and some to be very creative… I am always amazed to see a car parked on the sidewalk! Parking tickets are handed out , fines are paid. Life goes on.

Finding a space can often be a challenge , it appears that there are more cars than parking spaces and a simple outing can turn to frustration 😦 it’s best to have a sense of humor and positive attitude about it because many of the offenders also double park and park behind you.

With gas or as they call it here ” petrol”  running about $8 USD per gallon (OUCH) walking and biking are not only the healthiest and greenest way to travel but are both the cheapest and least stressful way to get around .

Driving in Israel in general is not for the faint of heart …honking one’s horn is a commonly used driving tool and not considered to be rude …and I am not at all sure that Israelis are taught in driving school to look in the rear view mirror when changing lanes.

On a happy note Israel has well-organized national bus and rail system 🙂 I highly recommend it!