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Hanukkah Air Fryer Donuts

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Why I Love This Recipe

A traditional dessert shared by Lyn Fried and eaten during Hanukkah, light and fluffy doughnuts filled with jam. They're usually deep-fried to honor the oil that miraculously burned in the ancient temple of Jerusalem. If you're looking to make them with less oil and less mess, this recipe will help you do so. Thanks to the air fryer, they have all of the flavor and texture of the traditional Hanukkah treat with fewer calories and grams of fat. While these aren’t fried in oil, they are brushed with some before being cooked in the air fryer, so you can continue to honor the tradition.

Ingredients You'll Need

For the Doughnut:
2 teaspoons yeast
1/2 cup milk (scalded)
1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups flour
6 tablespoons butter (room temperature)

For the Filling:
Strawberry jam
Powdered sugar


Combine the yeast, milk, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Stir until the sugar has dissolved

Whisk in the eggs, salt, and vanilla. Then add in about 2 cups of the flour with a whisk

Cut the butter into pieces and add a piece at a time to the dough, mixing using a dough hook and thoroughly between additions

Gradually add the rest of the flour; you may need less than four cups. Mix until the dough is combined and is shiny and soft

Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix again if necessary. Continue to knead with the dough hook attachment until the dough is smooth and soft. Add more flour if it is too sticky

Cover and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in size, then roll out the dough to 1/2-inch thickness on a floured surface

Lightly flour a large surface. Roll out the dough to a 3/4-inch thickness. Using a biscuit cutter, cut out rounds of the dough. Twist the cutter as you cut to release the round. You can re-roll scraps one more time. Too many re-rolls will result in tough dough

Transfer the dough to a parchment-lined baking sheet and cover with a clean towel. Let rise for another 30 minutes or until almost doubled in size. Make sure to leave space between each round to allow for rising and expansion

Grease the basket of your air fryer generously with canola oil. Add 3 to 5 rounds of dough to the basket depending on the size of your rounds and the size of your air fryer. Brush the top of each doughnut with canola oil as well

Fry at 350 F for 5 to 6 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking. Than set the completed doughnuts aside and fry the remaining dough

Pulse the strawberry jam in a food processor to make it easier to pipe.
Add a 1/4-inch round tip to your piping bag. Fill the bag with the strawberry jam. Insert the tip of the piping bag into the top of the doughnut. Gently push down until about halfway through the doughnut. Squeeze and fill until the jam just pokes out of the top

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve immediately!

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