'Hanukkah desserts' on Serious Eats

Red Bean Rugelach

[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] Note: Sweet red bean (adzuki) paste is widely available from either a can or in a bag, the latter in the refrigerated section of your typical Chinese grocery store. I've had much better luck with good... More

Gluten-Free Doughnut Bites

Inspired by Dunkin Donuts' Munchkins, these doughnut bites are actually cake doughnuts instead of the traditional yeast-raised doughnuts. You can squeeze a little jam into the finished doughnut holes. Especially great if you're celebrating a gluten-free Hanukkah! More

Gluten-Free Nubby Apple Cake

The other day I stumbled upon my mother's collection of old recipes. I sat for a long time looking at recipe after recipe scribbled on thin pieces of paper or, in fancier cases, stiff recipe cards. One seasonal recipe grabbed my attention: Nabby Apple Cake. Nabby? Oh! I bet the writer meant nubby. The idea of a cake studded with apple pieces sounded good to me. And if my mom kept the recipe, it must be worth making. More

Matzo Toffee With Almonds

The trick to making matzo toffee impossible to put down is simple: generous sprinkling of fleur de sel. The salt combined with the bittersweet chocolate and butter pretty much spells doom for everyone who comes in contact with it. If you make this for your guests on Passover, I guarantee glee and gratitude all around. More

Cider Doughnuts

After a filling Hannukah meal, no matter how much I've eaten, I always want some dessert at the end. Sadly, I never took to sufganyot, the Sephardic jelly-filled doughnuts traditionally served during the holiday, but I've always, always had a soft spot for homemade doughnuts, especially the apple cider kind. More

Honey Crisp Apple Cake

In the introduction to this recipe for Honey Crisp Apple Cake from Fresh from the Market, Laurent Tourondel explains that he adapted this cake from his favorite carrot cake recipe. A quick perusal of the ingredients confirms this—all of the usual carrot cake suspects are represented, even canned pineapple. But this recipe is a little more complex than that. You start by caramelizing the apples in butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar, then line your baking dish with the apples, in essence creating a tarte tatin-carrot cake mashup. More

Manischewitz Granita

This recipe provides a new way to dress up this old kosher standby, by freezing it into sweet, alcoholic, garnet-colored snowflakes. This recipe has one ingredient, and one step. And it has wow-factor and whimsy. L'chaim! More

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