The Jew And The Carrot

Pumpkin Cranberry Munchkins for Thanksgivukkah

By Molly Yeh

  • Print
  • Share Share
Molly Yeh

As the internet becomes flooded with Thanksgivukkah recipes, I become flooded with the fear of having to plan a menu. Challah stuffing or sufganiyot stuffing? Sweet potato latkes or Brussels sprout latkes? And, should I really deep fry the turkey?

There’s a lot of pressure knowing that we only get one shot at celebrating Thanksgivukkah, and there are simply way too many good looking Hanukkah/Thanksgiving fusion recipes to cram into one day.

My game plan? To make dollhouse-sized versions of all the Thanksgivukkah recipes and really grab this holiday by the (matzo) balls.

None of your guests will be able to use the “I’m too full” excuse for these miniature pumpkin sufganiyot, and none will want to. They have a sturdy, satisfying, and sugary exterior, and a light and fluffy interior. They are the sweet and perfect ending to a massive meal.

Mini Pumpkin Sufganiyot
Makes about 40 small donuts

1 cup pumpkin puree
3/4 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons vegetable shortening, melted
3/4 cup coconut milk
3 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup glutinous rice flour (available at Asian grocery stores)
5 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon each: ground cloves, ginger, allspice
oil, for frying (flavorless, like canola)
cinnamon sugar for dusting (1 cup white sugar, two tablespoons cinnamon)
about 1/2 cup jam or jelly (cranberry for extra points!) (Ocean Spray’s Cranberry Jelly works. You can also make it from scratch, or any raspberry jam will work well too)

1) In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin and sugar. Whisk in shortening and coconut milk. Add eggs one at a time.

2)In a separate bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients.

3) Using a wooden spoon, gradually stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.

4) In a large pot, heat 2 inches of oil to 370 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll want to keep the oil between 360 and 380 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the frying process. Carefully spoon 1 1/2 teaspoon-sized balls into the oil (a melon baller works well for this) and fry until golden brown and cooked through. This will take a few minutes, and you may need to use the help of a spatula or slotted spoon to turn them over so that all sides get evenly browned.

5) Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to a paper towel. Pat off excess oil, and then transfer to a bowl of cinnamon sugar. Roll the donuts around to coat all sides with the cinnamon sugar.

6) Using a squeeze bottle or a pastry bag with a 1/2 inch tip, pipe about 1/2 teaspoon of jam into the center. If jam is too difficult to pipe, warm it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.


Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: sufganiyot, pumpkin donuts, Thanksgivukkah

The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.




Find us on Facebook!
  • "What I didn’t realize before my trip was that I would leave Uganda with a powerful mandate on my shoulders — almost as if I had personally left Egypt."
  • Is it better to have a young, fresh rabbi, or a rabbi who stays with the same congregation for a long time? What do you think?
  • Why does the leader of Israel's social protest movement now work in a beauty parlor instead of the Knesset?
  • What's it like to be Chagall's granddaughter?
  • Is pot kosher for Passover. The rabbis say no, especially for Ashkenazi Jews. And it doesn't matter if its the unofficial Pot Day of April 20.
  • A Ukrainian rabbi says he thinks the leaflets ordering Jews in restive Donetsk to 'register' were a hoax. But the disturbing story still won't die.
  • Some snacks to help you get through the second half of Passover.
  • You wouldn't think that a Soviet-Jewish immigrant would find much in common with Gabriel Garcia Marquez. But the famed novelist once helped one man find his first love. http://jd.fo/f3JiS
  • Can you relate?
  • The Forverts' "Bintel Brief" advice column ran for more than 65 years. Now it's getting a second life — as a cartoon.
  • Half of this Hillel's members believe Jesus was the Messiah.
  • Vinyl isn't just for hipsters and hippies. Israeli photographer Eilan Paz documents the most astonishing record collections from around the world:http://jd.fo/g3IyM
  • Could Spider-Man be Jewish? Andrew Garfield thinks so.
  • Most tasteless video ever? A new video shows Jesus Christ dying at Auschwitz.
  • "It’s the smell that hits me first — musty, almost sweet, emanating from the green felt that cradles each piece of silver cutlery in its own place." Only one week left to submit! Tell us the story of your family's Jewish heirloom.
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.