Few people need an excuse to enjoy a donut. But if you need a reason, Chanukah will give you one.
Sufganiyah is a round donut, often filled with jelly, enjoyed by Jews around the world during the year-end festivities. And while many people outside of the Jewish faith are familiar with the eight nights of menorah lighting, many may not understand what this delicious dessert has to do with Chanukah.
Marina Alberhasky with Temple Emanu-El in Atlanta says that the sufganiyah is an essential part of the Jewish celebration. It also represents the miracle of oil in the 2nd century BC. After Jewish freedom fighters reclaimed their temple, a single can of oil kept their candles lit for eight nights.
âThe reason sufganiyahs are popular on Chanukah is because they are usually fried in oil and the oil has an important meaning during Chanukah,â Alberhasky said.
So, those sweet fried dough pillows aren’t your average donuts. Alberhasky says it’s because the tradition is ingrained.
âThe Jewish faith really lives through tradition,â she said. âIt’s very special for grandparents and great-grandparents to carry on these traditions with their grandchildren. But it is also a bonus to consume several donuts during a week.
If that sweet treat isn’t usual on your party table, Alon’s Bakery & Market has a habit of converting those of us with a sweet tooth.
âNobody complains about a little cream-filled fried dough,â said Lily Balshan, Alon’s marketing director.
Pastry chef Alon Balshan, 61, traveled from his home country of Israel to America in 1986, and opened his first of three bakeries in the Atlanta area in 1992. It is still found in the kitchen. from his Morningside, Dunwoody or Phipps. Places of places. During the Festival of Lights, Jews and non-Jews alike source sufganiyah from Alon, which has chocolate, Nutella, jelly, cream or dolce de leche inside.
âYou don’t always know what’s inside, so it’s a nice surprise,â Balshan said.
Alberhasky and Balshan both describe Judaism as being centered on food, with a love for family and tradition. And although Chanukah is not considered the main holiday of the faith, Balshan said the sufganiyah is part of what makes it a joyous occasion.
âI think it’s really good because Judaism can be a very heavy religion,â Balshan said. âSo it’s nice to be part of a happy vacation. Hanukkah is about celebrating, getting together with family, giving gifts, lighting candles and eating delicious food.