Hands-on time: 45 minutes
Total time: 4 hours
Makes: 18 pieces
These jelly-filled doughnuts, which are traditionally enjoyed at Hanukkah, are best eaten the same day they’re made. Stacking them in a tower is an extra-special way to present dessert to your guests. When letting dough rise in the wintertime, place it in a microwave (turned off, of course!) to keep away drafts.
½ cup granulated sugar
1¼ cups warm water
2 pkg active dry yeast (4½ tsp) In large bowl, dissolve 1 tbsp of the sugar in warm water. Sprinkle in yeast; let stand until frothy, about 10 minutes.
Beat in egg yolks, butter, vanilla and remaining sugar. Using wooden spoon, beat in flour and salt, adding more flour if needed to make soft sticky dough. Turn out onto lightly floured work surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 5 to 8 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease all over. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise in warm draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1½ hours. Punch down dough. Turn out onto lightly floured work surface; roll out to ½-inch thickness. Using 3-inch round cookie cutter, cut out 18 rounds. Transfer to lightly floured rimless baking sheet. Cover loosely and let rise in warm draft-free place until doubled in size and rounded, about 1 hour. In deep fryer, wok or deep saucepan, add enough oil to come 2 inches up side; heat until deep-fryer thermometer reads 350°F. Deep-fry doughnuts, 3 at a time and turning once, until golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer to paper towel–lined plate to drain.
Cut small slit in side of each doughnut. Using pastry bag fitted with small plain tip, pipe heaping 2 tsp jam into centre of each. To assemble tower, place 8 doughnuts in circle on large platter; dust with some of the icing sugar. Repeat with remaining doughnuts and icing sugar, building second layer with 6 doughnuts, third layer with 3 doughnuts and final layer with 1 doughnut. per piece: about 214 cal, 3 g pro, 10 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 28 g carb (1 g dietary fibre, 12 g sugar), 36 mg chol, 62 mg sodium, 43 mg potassium. % RDI: 1% calcium, 8% iron, 3% vit A, 2% vit C, 27% folate. To protect the rim of the plate from getting covered in icing sugar, place three- inch strips of waxed paper along the edge of the plate before building the tower. Remove the waxed paper before serving.