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Chanukah Cranberry-Pistachio Doughnut Holes

Fried pastries are a traditional part of many Chanukah celebrations around the world. These scrumptious bites are similar to treats served in Italy and Israel.

Serves 50
Ready in 70 mins
Prep time 45 mins
Cooking time 25 mins
220 calories per serving


> 1 cup dried cranberries
> 2 cups buttermilk, at room temperature
> 1 envelope rapid-rising dried yeast
> 3 2/3 cups flour
> 2 tbsp sugar
> 1 tsp salt
> 1 egg, beaten
> 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
> 4 cups vegetable oil
> 1 cup confectioners' sugar, to serve


Soak dried cranberries in 1 ½ cups boiling water for 15 min. Drain.
Meanwhile, heat the buttermilk and sugar gently in a saucepan or microwave until just warm. Sprinkle over the yeast and let sit for 10 min.
Whisk together flour and salt in the bowl of a standing mixer. Add buttermilk mixture and egg and mix at low speed until you have a smooth batter.
Chop the dried cranberries and pistachios coarsely and mix into batter. Cover and let rise for 1 hour in a warm place.
Heat oil in a large pan to 350°F, or use a deep fryer. Using a spoon, scoop out balls of dough the size of large walnuts and drop them carefully in the oil. Fry no more than 6 at a time for 3 min., or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and sift confectioners sugar over.


Serve with Champagne for a real celebration!

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