Quick Orange and Cream Sufganiyot (donuts)

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Especially for Hanukka, here’s a quick and easy recipe for orange and cream sufganiyot (donuts), that are so delicious and great to make with kids.

Quick Orange and Cream Sufganiyot (donuts)

Photo: Natalie Levin

Quick Orange and Cream Sufganiyot (donuts)

15 sufganiyot

For the dough:
1 large egg
25 grams (2 tbsp.) sugar
200 ml. sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
zest of 1/2 orange
Pinch of salt
1 tbsp. rum
180 grams all-purpose flour
1 tsp, baking powder

1 liter vegetable oil for frying

For orange syrup:
125 ml (1/2 cup) freshly squeezed orange juice
zest of 1/2 orange
125 ml. (1/2 cup) water
100 grams (1/2 cup) sugar
1 tbsp. orange liqueur or rum

Icing sugar for decoration


  1. Make the dough: in a large bowl, put eggs, sugar, sour cream, vanilla, orange zest, salt and rum and mix until smooth.
  2. Sift in flour and baking powder and stir just until incorporated.
  3. Heat oil in a wide pan until it reaches a temperature of 170c degrees. If you don’t have a thermometer indication that the oil is hot enough is sticking a wooden spoon in the pot and seeing tiny bubbles around it.
  4. Using an ice cream scoop or 2 tablespoons create medium mounds of dough and fry for about 3-4 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown.
  5. Transfer the donuts to a plate lined with paper towels to get rid of excess oil.
  6. Orange syrup: in a small pot put orange juice, orange zest, water and sugar and heat until boiling. Reduce the heat and cook for another 1-2 minutes after boiling, until the sugar has dissolved and syrup is smooth.
  7. Remove from heat and add the liqueur.
  8. Dip the donuts in the syrup. Transfer to a serving plate.
  9. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.


  • Donuts are best on the day you make them, hot and fresh.
  • Instead of orange you can use any kind of citrus fruit you like.
  • Serve the donuts with jam and/or cream.