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Doughnuts, Latkes And Fried Apple Fritters

Many Jewish holidays are celebrated mainly at home among friends and family. Food is always a big part of Jewish festivals and Hanukkah is no exception. For hundreds of years, Jews have traditionally eaten oily foods on Hanukkah, in remembrance of the small jar of oil that miraculously provided fuel for the Temple menorah for eight days. A typical Hanukkah menu sounds as though it were planned by the under-12 crowd,(certainly not the low-fat diet folks): potato pancakes, (latkes) deep-fried in oil, strawberry jam-filled doughnuts (sufganiyot) covered in powdered sugar, fried apple fritters, cheese blintzes, etc.  Warm fragrances fill open air-markets in Israel as vendors display row upon row of these winter comfort foods for a few shekels a bag. Jewish mothers preparing and setting this rich fare on candle-lit tables at home try not to contemplate the calories accompanying such shameless indulgence.  “Never mind”, whisper the unspoken thoughts, “It’s Hanukkah. We’ll get back to non-gluten and fruit shakes in January”.  (VFI News)