"Happy HoliDanes!"

Circe and Flash want to extend hearty holidane greetings to all our visitors. Flash, in particular, wants to remind you that Hanukkah began on the evening of December 13th.

Hanukkah is known as the Festival of Lights, though many observing Danes fondly call it the Feast of Lights. This joyful 8 day Jewish celebration includes eating, singing, and sharing laughter and love with family members. It's a perfect holidane for Great Danes!

Flash wants to share his favorite Hanukkah recipe with you:

These jelly doughnuts, fried in oil, symbolize the miracle of
the oil that lasted for eight days instead of one.

1 T (or 1 package) dry yeast
4 T sugar
3/4 cup lukewarm milk or warm water*
2 1/2 cups flour
Pinch of salt
1 t ground cinnamon

2 eggs, separated
2 T (1/4 stick) softened butter*
Apricot or strawberry preserves
Vegetable oil

*Use butter and milk if serving at a milk meal,
and water and pareve margarine for a meat meal.

Mix together yeast, 2 T of the sugar, and the milk. Let sit to make sure it bubbles. Sift the flour and mix it with the remaining sugar, salt, cinnamon, egg yolks, and the yeast mixture. Knead the dough until it forms a ball. Add the butter or margarine. Knead some more, until the butter is well absorbed. Cover with a towel and let rise overnight in the refrigerator. Roll out the dough to a thickness of 1/8 inch. Cut out the dough into 24 rounds with a juice glass, or any object about 2 inches in diameter. Take 1/2 teaspoon of preserves and place in center of 12 rounds. Top with the other 12. Press down at edges, sealing with egg whites. Crimping with the thumb and second finger is best. Let rise for about 30 minutes.

Heat 2 inches of oil to about 375. Drop the doughnuts into the hot oil, about 5 at a time. Turn to brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Roll the doughnuts in sugar. Makes about 12.

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