Ever wonder why many of the Hanukkah-related foods are fried in oil? The Jewish holiday celebrates a miracle from two thousand years ago, during which a lamp with only enough holy oil to burn for a single day managed to hold out for eight days. As a result, you'll find treats like potato latkes (fried pancakes similar to rosti), sufganiyot (jelly-filled homemade doughnuts), and cookies decorated with the menorah (the special candelabra used to celebrate the occasion) on the table.
Here's a selection of some of our favourite Hanukkah recipes, so fire up that oil and get frying!
These doughnuts, traditionally enjoyed at Hanukkah, taste best when eaten the day they are made, but it won't be difficult to find volunteers to help finish off this impressive tower of jam-filled treats. To protect the rim of the plate from being covered in icing sugar, place 3-inch (8 cm) long strips of waxed paper along the edge of the plate before building the tower, and remove them before serving.
Blue icing menorahs or Hebrew letters turn these citrus-kissed cookies into Hanukkah-inspired creations. Yellow sprinkles make for pretty flames when arranged on top of the menorah candles.
Crispy, lacy potato latkes are a staple at many holiday tables. Depending on your tradition, use matzo meal or all-purpose flour, and kosher salt or table salt.
These delightful baked goodies, laced with cinnamon-tinged chocolate, are a small version of a popular Jewish cake. They puff up quite a bit to make an impressive end to your meal. Serve them with coffee or tea.
This richly spiced apple butter makes more than you'll need for a single loaf of bread, but it'll keep in your fridge for a week or in your freezer for up to two months. Spread it onto warm bread and rolls, or stir it into cake batters in place of applesauce.