i think it’s time for a little break from all the heavy lecturing.

so here, in honor of chanukah, is a great donut recipe from my friend avivah:

(no, it’s not healthy. it’s not supposed to be. that’s what taking a break means. breathe.)

the donuts:

2-1/4 tsp dry yeast

2 TBSP warm water

3/4 cup warm milk (you can also use coconut milk, rice milk, almond milk, or similar)

2-1/2 TBSP butter or coconut oil

1 egg

1/3 cup sugar

1 tsp salt

2-3/4 cups flour

in a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. add milk, butter, egg, sugar, and salt, and blend until smooth.

add flour and knead until smooth. cover with plastic and rise until doubled (about 1/2 hour- 1 hour). punch down and roll out to 1/2″ thick.

use a cup or a biscuit cutter to make circles (you can also use a shot glass to make hole in the middle, but then you can’t fill them…). place on a cookie sheet to rise for 30-60 minutes. fry in hot oil (if you add a carrot to the oil it won’t get dark). they fluff up as they fry. when they are cool, you can dip them in this glaze:

the glaze:

1/3 cup butter or coconut oil

2 cups powdered sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup hot water

(optional to melt 1 cup chocolate chips and mix in for a chocolate glaze- of course, this is what i plan to do!)

make this when the donuts are ready to be frosted, because as it cools it gets harder to use and it gets less glossy…

it is also an option to squirt in some jam or custard (you can cut he corner off of a ziploc bag to make a very adequate pastry bag for this, or use a plastic syringe with no needle if you have access to one. if you are crazy adventurous, you might even try a turkey baster? or maybe get even more creative???)

ok- enjoy your donuts, and enjoy your break! i won’t even post the link for the garden spring…