Fried Ice Cream

© 2012 Geila Hocherman. All Rights Reserved

Fried ice cream? Believe or not, there is such a thing! This is based on a Mexican treat and once you taste, you’ll just want more and more whether it’s Chanukah or any other time.

  • Frosted flakes
  • Your Choice of nuts
  • Your choice of ice cream flavor (formed into balls)
  • 1 egg
  • sugar to taste
  • oil for frying
  • dunking chocolate sauce
  1. Crush some frosted flakes and any nuts, of your choice, in a bag. Cover the ice cream balls with the crushed flakes and nuts. Refreeze.
  2. Mix egg with sugar. Dunk in the ice cream balls, cover with the frosted flakes and nuts. Refreeze.
  3. Heat oil to 375 F. Take the covered ice cream balls from freezer. Put a chopstick in each of them and dunk in oil for 15 seconds.
  4. When ready, dip each ball into some chocolate sauce and… that’s all there is to them!

Geila

Donuts, Donuts, Donuts – It’s Chanuka!

© 2012 Geila Hocherman. All Rights Reserved

It’s Chanuka and Jewish tradition calls for oil fried dishes, such as latkes – potato pancakes; sufganyot – jelly-filled doughnuts and more. Jelly filled doughnuts never appealed to me, so here is my version of doughnuts.

  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 packet of yeast
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • ¾ cup milk – cow, soy, almond, and cashew…warmed
  • 2 ½ tbsp. shortening- softened
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • oil for frying
  1. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water with the 2 tablespoons of sugar.  Mix well until there are no lumps, and let stand for 5 minutes, or until foamy.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the yeast mixture, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening, and 1 cup of the flour. Mix for a few minutes at low speed, or stirring with a wooden spoon. Beat in remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl. Knead for about 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Place the dough into a greased bowl, and cover. Set in a warm place to rise until double. ,(You can also put in in the refrigerator for a slow overnight rise.  Just bring the dough to room temperature before continuing.) Dough is ready if you touch it, and the indention remains. About 1 hour.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and gently roll out to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with a floured 3-inch cutter. * (See note) Let doughnuts sit out to rise again until double. Cover loosely with a cloth.
  4. Heat oil in a deep fryer or large heavy skillet to 350 degrees F.  Slide doughnuts into the hot oil using a wide spatula. Turn doughnuts over as they rise to the surface. Fry doughnuts on each side until golden brown. Remove from hot oil, to drain on a wire rack. Dip doughnuts into the glaze while still hot, and set onto wire racks to drain off excess. Keep a cookie sheet or tray under racks for easier clean up.

Optional glaze

  • 2 cups
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • 1-tablespoon corn syrup
  • 2-4 tablespoons of water
  1. Place sugar. Corn syrup and vanilla in a bowl and mix well. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Continue until you reach desired consistency.  It should be liquid but not runny.
  2. Submerge doughnut half way, turn over, and place on a cooling rack to set

NOTE: At this point the formed doughnuts can be refrigerated overnight, brought to room temperature the next day, and then rise before baking.  You can also freeze them on a cookie sheet.

Geila