“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
(Shakespeare, William. Hamlet, I, 5, lines 166-167)
"O, swear not by the moon, th' inconstant moon."
(Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet, II, 2, line 109)
The moon and stars have collided in 2013 and we are about to see Thanksgiving and Hanukkah brought together on the same day…Never to be seen again for another 77,798 years. Is it coincidence? Or is it a reminder from above to embrace the reasons we celebrate Thanksgiving and Hanukkah?
The themes are remarkably similar. Both the pilgrims and Jewish people were fleeing religious persecution. Both holidays honor the ancestors who sacrificed comforts and bravely held to their principles. And symbolic foods are served at Thanksgiving and Hanukkah dinners to celebrate the blessings and miracles, which have transpired through time.
Cranberry sauce is swirled into donut batter and baked.
Once cooled, the donut is dipped in a vanilla frosting infused with more cranberry sauce.
In Israel, a sufganiyah (aka jelly donut) is frequently enjoyed during the Hanukkah season. The donut is typically fried in oil; a remembrance of the one day oil supply which stretched into the eight days. (Needed to keep the menorah candles burning during rededication of the Jewish temple.)
A chocolate glazed Manischewitz donut speckled chocolate chips.
Traditions of donut-munching, Manischewitz blackberry wine-sipping at Hanukkah may not have made an appearance at the first Hanukkah feast. Similarly, cranberry sauce in silver goblets may not have appeared alongside turkey at the first Thanksgiving dinner. However, donuts, Manischewitz and cranberry sauce are currently ensconced in the holiday traditions. Sooo, for this #SundaySupper at Twitter, I’m sharing recipes for Manischewitz donuts and cranberry donuts for both Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. (For details on how to participate, please scroll down.) Today's #SundaySupper is hosted by the gourmet baker and adventorous air pilot, Paula of Vintage Kitchen Notes. As both holidays focus on blessings, we’ll also be sharing why we are thankful this season.
Cranberry sauce with whole cranberries in these donuts strike the right balance
of sweet 'n tart.
Here are 5 reasons I’m grateful this holiday season.
1. NinjaBaking.com readers – I am humbled, honored and very grateful for you.
2. My husband loves his work and is in good health (thanks to kung-fu class.)
3. Skype – which allows me to connect with my sister and niece who are teaching in Qatar.
4. My parents are in homes where good care is given.
5. The opportunity to learn so much from fellow bloggers.
What will you give thanks for at your Thanksgiving and Hanukkah dinner?
Diamond sugar crystals sparkle on snowy banks of flour. A subtle scent reminiscent of Hawaii lingers in the air as coconut flour is added. Next, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger wake up the senses. Chocolate, cranberries and Manischewitz blackberry wine sweeten the luscious mix.
This is definitely a cake donut but is not your dense donut shop variety. The donuts are light…allowing an excuse to eat two? And yes why not it’s a double holiday that may not appear again for another 77,798 years!
Adapted from an Ina Garten recipe at FoodNetwork.com
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 large egg
- ¾ cup milk
- ½ cup cranberry sauce OR ½ cup Manischewitz blackberry wine
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ generous cup of cranberries OR chocolate chips
- 1 cup vanilla or chocolate frosting (plus ¼ cup cranberry sauce OR 1½ tablespoons Manischewitz blackberry wine)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Spray 2 donut pans with baking spray – lots of it!
Sift together the dry ingredients (the flours, sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt.) Form a cavity in the center of the mix.
In a separate bowl, lightly beat the egg. Combine with the melted butter. Add milk, vanilla and cranberry sauce or Manischewitz. Pour the mixture into the dry ingredients’ center well. Mix well by hand.
Stir in cranberries or chocolate chips. (Frozen cranberries work just fine.)
Fill the donut pans ¾ full; bake for 20 minutes and/or until the edges are a golden brown.
Once the donuts are cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
If a glaze is desired, microwave 1 cup of frosting on high for about 33 seconds with ¼ cup cranberry sauce or 1½ tablespoons Manischewitz wine. Stir well. Dip the donuts into the melted frosting and enjoy! Or gently place the donuts onto wax paper to save for your family celebration.
An abundant cornucopia of #SundaySupper Thanksgiving and Hanukkah recipes!
FIRST COURSE / APPETIZERS
- Harvest Soup from Bea of The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Horseradish Cranberry & Herbed Cheese Bites from Jen of Juanita's Cocina
- Savory Rosemary Baklava with Brie from Christie of A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
SAVORY BREADS + STUFFING
- Cloverleaf Rolls from Micha of Cookin' Mimi
- Freeze and Bake Buttermilk Biscuits from Stacy at Food Lust People Love
- Picnic Roll from Linda of The Urban Mrs
- Raspberry and Brie Crescent Rolls from Karen of In The Kitchen With KP
- Cornbread Stuffing with Chorizo and Craisins from Isabel at Family Foodie
- Easy Gluten-Free Corn "Bread" Stuffing from Laura at Small Wallet Big Appetite
- Eggless Herb and Garlic Fresh Pasta from Sarah at What Smells So Good?
- Honey Orange Turkey Breast from Cindy at Cindy's Recipes and Writings
- Brussels Sprout Latkes from Susan atThe Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Cheesey Scalloped Potatoes from Shaina at Take A Bite Out Of Boca
- Cornucopia Sweet Potato Barley Salad from Wendy at The Weekend Gourmet
- Creamy Scalloped Corn from Alaiyo at Pescetarian Journal
- Fried Smashed Potatoes from Renee at Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Grandpa's Simple Stuffing from Bobbi at Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
- Green Beans with Pecans and Cranberries from Tara at Noshing With The Nolands
- Honey and Cinnamon Glazed Sweet Potatoes from Jennifer at Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Italian American Turkey Dressing from Anne at Webicurean
- Loaded Mashed Potato Bake from Lori at Foxes Love Lemons
- Maple Sweet Potatoes with Browned Butter Pecan Topping from Brianne at Cupcakes and Kale Chips
- Mushroom and Barley Casserole with Bacon, Gruyere and Spinach from Heather at Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries and Blue Cheese from Sarah at Curious Cuisiniere
DESSERTS + SWEET BREADS
- Almond Brioche Sticky Buns from Alice at Hip Foodie Mom
- Baked Caramel Apple Cider Donuts from Nicole at Daily Dish Recipes
- Black Bottom Banana Cream Pie from Cheryl at Hot Momma's Kitchen Chaos
- Blue Ribbon Meyer Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake from Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious
- Bourbon Pecan Pie from Julie at The Texan New Yorker
- Chocolate Moussecake from Liz at That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Cinnamon Rolls from Conni at The Foodie Army Wife
- Gingered Butternut Squash Tart from Renee of Magnolia Days
- Hanukkah Lemon Star Cookies from Shannon at Killer Bunnies, Inc
- Manischewitz, Cranberry Double Holiday Donuts from Kim at Ninja Baking
- Mini Maple Sweet Potato Tarts from Holly at Mess Makes Food
- Mini Pumpkin Pies from Nichole at Casa de Crews
- Mom's Custard Pie from Courtney at Neighborfood
- No Bake Pumpkin Spiced Cheesecake from Tammi of Momma's Meals
- Plum and Blackberry Crumble from Katy at Happy Baking Days
- Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake from Heather at girlichef
- Salted Butterscotch Pudding from Jane at Jane's Adventures in Dinner
- Salted Caramel Apple Pie from Laura at Pies and Plots
- Sweet Potato Pecan Gingersnap Pie from Paula at Vintage Kitchen Notes
All American Wine Pairing Guide for Being Thankful #SundaySupper from Martin at ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world.
Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat.
The Ninja Baker
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