Tonight Sylvie hosted a traditional Hanukkah dinner and gift exchange. Lauren and I decided to make jelly filled doughnuts, known as Sufganiyot, which I can't pronounce to save my life. It took quite awhile and we had to improvise a bit, but the end result was worth it.
Since neither Lauren nor I own a rolling pin, we used a tube of cling wrap. Worked like a charm!
On a random note, i haven't been able to find sticks of butter here which is rather frustrating. It all comes in blocks, with tick marks indicating every 50 g. This is inconvenient because 1) you have to open a huge block instead of just a stick and 2) one cup is equal to JUST under the standard block here. Which means I often either have to add too much butter or am left with a tiny sliver, which annoys me. Also, it didn't occur to me that Lauren wouldn't own measuring cups or spoons, so good thing I had them as we were following an American recipe!
We used wine glasses to cut circles and then let the dough sit for awhile.
First batch...could pass for chocolate doughnuts.
We eventually got the temperature right and were really proud of the end result!
A table of traditional Hanukkah food (and some cake pops).
Sylvie lighting the candles.
It was a fun night with friends and I ended up getting a box of chocolates in the gift exchange, so life is good. Peter's brother Sam is currently on a flight to a Melbourne and will arrive tomorrow morning. We can't wait for our first visitor to arrive!