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The Temptation of Jelly Doughnuts

We often hear people say food that tastes so good are often the same things that are bad for you. Unfortunately, it really does look like it is true. Food rich in cholesterol and salty dishes are often the kind of food that you would make a beeline for just because it offers a flavor palette that is plain delicious. But of all the “guilty” foodstuff, sugary treats are probably the hardest to resist. Sugary food gives us sudden energy boosts and reminds us of our childhood, so who can really resist it when you see a nice dessert on the table?

As sugary treats go, jelly doughnuts are probably one of the hardest to say no to. This carbohydrate bomb of fried dough filled with lusciously sweet jelly is a sure crowd favorite. I have yet to meet a person who has not succumbed to the saccharine promises of a doughnut filled with their favorite fruit jelly.

Jelly doughnuts are not a purely western treat. Other countries have their own versions of what would still be universally seen as a jelly doughnut. For example, in Japan, doughnuts may be filled with a sweet bean paste (usually Azuki). Jelly doughnuts – or at least a variant of it – are also a prominent part of Hanukkah or the Jewish Festival of Lights. During this holiday, soufganiot – a kind of fried fritter filled with jelly – is made in many Jewish homes. It’s a wonderful accent to a festival and one that makes it more joyous and fun. And since it was recently Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day, it’s one more reason to celebrate with a doughnut!

Jelly Doughnut Recipes

Sweet Potato doughnuts

Sweet Potato DoughnutsSweet potato doughnuts are a great alternative for when you want to satisfy your doughnut fix, but with the inclusion of a different form of carbohydrate mixed in. Sweet potatoes will give an exotic bite to the usual doughnut recipe – and since it’s baked instead of fried, it makes for a healthier choice as well. It’s definitely worth a try.

Indian Doughnuts: Gulab Jabun

Gulab Juban, Indian DoughnutsProof that doughnuts are a universal favorite is this recipe for Gulab Jabun, which are Indian doughnuts. This recipe contains cardamom pods, cloves, and anise – ingredients that really give these doughnuts an exotic spice taste that is so far away from what your usual concepts of doughnuts are.

Hanukkah Jelly Doughnuts (Soufganiot)

Hanukkah Jelly DoughnutsMaking Hanukkah Jelly Doughnuts can be done in stages to make it easier for you, especially if you’re very busy. You can make the dough and then leave the dough inside the fridge for a few hours to rise before frying it. It gives you a few hours to do other things, or if you make the dough at night, you can just fry the risen dough in the morning for a great doughnut breakfast.

Jelly Filled Doughnuts

For those who don’t want to embark on a culinary adventure and prefer to just make the “regular” doughnuts, here’s the recipe for the usual garden variety jelly-filled doughnuts. To make your doughnuts more fun, experiment with the jelly filling by trying other jelly or jam recipes. Buying prepared jellies or jams could even work!

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