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Zucker puts powdered sugar on jelly donuts. Baker (Credit: Jeremy Bales)

Zucker puts powdered sugar on jelly donuts. Baker Evan Zucker makes special Hannukah donuts sufganiyots at ZuckerBakers kosher bakery in North Bellmore. (Dec. 8, 2011)

Classic Hanukkah doughnuts

In the United States and in Europe, fried potato latkes are the best- known food for celebrating the legendary miracle of one day's worth of oil that burned in the temple for eight days. But, puffy doughnuts called sufganiyot (which means "sponge," describing the texture) can rival potato pancakes in popularity.

Many food historians say that, in the past, potatoes were more abundant in Northern and Eastern Europe, while in the Middle East and Africa, wheat and other grains were more available. Not surprisingly, when it came to celebrating Hanukkah by cooking foods in oil, people fried what was easiest to get.

Given Americans' love of doughnuts, sufganiyot are growing in popularity. On Long Island, many kosher and kosher-style bakeries make them for Hanukkah. At ZuckerBaker's Kosher Bake Shop in Wantagh, "people go bananas for the doughnuts," said co-owner Donny Bashkin. "We can't make them fast enough," added his partner, Evan Zucker. --Jim Romanoff, The Associated Press

Baker Evan Zucker makes special Hannukah donuts sufganiyots
(Credit: Photo by Jeremy Bales)

Baker Evan Zucker makes special Hannukah donuts sufganiyots at ZuckerBakers kosher bakery in North Bellmore. (December 8, 2011)

Baker Evan Zucker makes special Hannukah doughnuts, sufganiyots,
(Credit: Jeremy Bales)

Baker Evan Zucker makes special Hannukah doughnuts, sufganiyots, at ZuckerBakers kosher bakery in North Bellmore. (Dec. 8, 2011)

Zucker puts powdered sugar on jelly donuts. Baker
(Credit: Jeremy Bales)

Zucker puts powdered sugar on jelly donuts. Baker Evan Zucker makes special Hannukah donuts sufganiyots at ZuckerBakers kosher bakery in North Bellmore. (Dec. 8, 2011)

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The donuts are fried in oil. Baker Evan
(Credit: Photo by Jeremy Bales)

The donuts are fried in oil. Baker Evan Zucker makes special Hannukah donuts sufganiyots at ZuckerBakers kosher bakery in North Bellmore. (December 8, 2011)

Baker Evan Zucker makes special Hannukah donuts sufganiyots
(Credit: Photo by Jeremy Bales)

Baker Evan Zucker makes special Hannukah donuts sufganiyots at ZuckerBakers kosher bakery in North Bellmore. (December 8, 2011)

Zicker dips the douts in icing. Baker Evan
(Credit: Photo by Jeremy Bales)

Zicker dips the douts in icing. Baker Evan Zucker makes special Hannukah donuts sufganiyots at ZuckerBakers kosher bakery in North Bellmore. (December 8, 2011)

Zucker puts powdered sugar on jelly donuts. Baker
(Credit: Photo by Jeremy Bales)

Zucker puts powdered sugar on jelly donuts. Baker Evan Zucker makes special Hannukah donuts sufganiyots at ZuckerBakers kosher bakery in North Bellmore. (December 8, 2011)

Baker Evan Zucker makes special Hannukah donuts sufganiyots
(Credit: Photo by Jeremy Bales)

Baker Evan Zucker makes special Hannukah donuts sufganiyots at ZuckerBakers kosher bakery in North Bellmore. (December 8, 2011)

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Logan Bashkin, 8, daughter of bakery owner Donny
(Credit: Photo by Jeremy Bales)

Logan Bashkin, 8, daughter of bakery owner Donny Bashkin, takes a bite out of a jelly donut. Baker Evan Zucker makes special Hannukah donuts sufganiyots at ZuckerBakers kosher bakery in North Bellmore. (December 8, 2011)

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