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Jewish Doughnuts = Sufganiyot = Ponchkes = Paczki

By November 27, 2013

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Jewish jelly doughnuts or sufganiyot for Hanukkah are more popular in Israel than in Eastern Europe or the United States, but the fact remains they are identical to Polish pączki.

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In fact, in Yiddish, they are known as ponchkes and dusted with confectioners' sugar. Polish pastries either receive a granulated sugar topping, flat icing or confectioners' sugar, but they are virtually one and the same. Here is a recipe for Polish pączki and here's another one for baked pączki, which is not in keeping with the Hanukkah Miracle of the Oil, but carries less of a calorie load.

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