Blueberry Lemon Beignets and a Hanukkah Giveaway

beignetsI love donuts! Lately I have been trying to watch what what I eat, but I love donuts.  And what is Hanukkah (or is it Chanukah) without sufganiyot, the delicious filled donut treats? Jews traditionally eat lots of foods fried in oil on Hanukkah, to commemorate the small flask of oil that was found in the temple and lasted for eight days rather than just one. So I figured everything in moderation and settled on filled and iced beignets (pronounced Ben-yays).

Beignets are New Orleans’s answer to the donut hole (or for Dunkin Donuts fans, the Munchkin).  Beignets are usually just coated in powdered sugar but to make me feel a little better about myself I wanted to incorporate some fruit, so I could at least pretend it had some nutritional value.  The most common fruit flavor for filling Hanukkah sufganiyot is raspberry jam, but it I am not a huge fan and the seeds get stuck in my teeth. I really like the combination of lemon and blueberry (especially when you add some sugar). I find the tartness and sweetness balance each other out nicely. The blue and yellow also provide nice visual contrast, so your eyes and your stomach get a nice treat.

Beignets are great with your morning coffee or as midnight snack. Is there ever a wrong time for a donut? And because they are small, you can eat a handful and not feel too guilty.

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Beignet Recipe

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Blueberry and Lemon Beignets
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Dough Chilling
2 hrs

A tasty New Orleans treat perfect for your Chanukah party

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Creole, French, Kosher, New Orleans
Keyword: Beignets, Chanuka , Chanukah, Chanukkah , Donut, Doughnut, Hannukah, Hanukah, kosher
Servings: 24 Beignets
Author: Daniel Peikes
  • 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup (Soy) Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Envelope Active Dry Yeast About 2 1/4 tsp
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/2 Cup Shortening Softened
  • 1 Tsp Kosher Salt
Blueberry Filling
  • 4 Cups Frozen Blueberries
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 Cup Corn Starch
  • 1/4 Cup Cold Water
Lemon Icing
  • 3 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1.5 Cups Powdered Sugar
Make the Beignet Dough
  1. Warm your (soy) milk in a pot or the microwave to about 110°F. It should be warm but not hot. Ideally use a thermometer. Pour the (soy) milk in to a mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer and add the yeast. Stir to combine. Allow the yeast to bloom until it stars to foam.

  2. Add the flour, salt, and the sugar to the bowl with the (soy) milk and yeast. Stir to combine.

  3. Ad the eggs and shortening. Using a wooden spoon or the paddle attachment of your mixer, mix until a smooth ball is formed. It will take a little while for the dough to come together, especially if you mix by hand. If the dough looks a little dry you can add a little more (soy) milk, but I would do this as a last resort. If you do add more (soy) milk, I would do it one teaspoon at a time.

  4. Once kneaded, allow the dough to rest in the refrigerator for at least two hours and up to 24 hours.

Make Blueberry Filling
  1. In a small bowl combine the corn starch and water. Stir until there are no more dry pockets of corn starch. Set aside.

  2. Add the blueberries, sugar, and lemon juice to a medium sized pot. Place over medium heat, stirring regularly until the sugar is dissolved and the blueberries burst.

  3. Add the cornstarch and water mixture to the blueberries and stir until the mixture thickens. Set aside to cool.

Fry the Beignets
  1. Add enough oil to fill your pot or Dutch oven about halfway and place it oven medium heat.

  2. While the oil is heating, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into 2 inch squares. A pizza cutter is a great tool for this.

  3. Once the oil reaches 350°F (use your thermometer), fry the beignets in small batches until golden brown, flipping them half way through to make sure they cook evenly on each side. This could be about 3 minutes on each side but be sure to stay next to them and monitor the cooking. Keep an eye on the beignets and the oil temperature as they can overcook easily. Place on a wire rack to cool.

Make Lemon Icing
  1. Place the powdered sugar in a bowl and slowly add the 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, one at a time. Stir until the icing comes together as a thick, glossy liquid. Do not add all of the lemon juice at once as you may not need it all to achieve the desired consistency.

Fill and Ice the Beignets
  1. Load your piping bag with the blueberry filling. Push the piping bag ¾ the way in to the beignet. and carefully move the tip side to side to create a pocket. Slowly squeeze the piping bag to fill the beignet, retracting it as you go. Drizzle the beignets with the lemon icing and enjoy.



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Checkout some more of our Hanukkah recipes:

Boozy Eggnog Custard Filled Doughnuts

Potato Latke Waffles

Pulled Beef Filled Mini Doughnuts With a Trio of BBQ Dipping Sauces

Jalapeno Cheddar Cauliflower Latkes With Salsa Verde Sour Cream

Pizza Latkes!

Pizza latke yumminess!

Last Shabbos afternoon, I had an epiphany.  To be honest, most days I’m thinking about a new outfit idea, or new recipe I want to experiment with, so it’s no surprise that when I got up from my Shabbos nap, I had a light-bulb moment and of course, started daydreaming about this latke recipe.

Pizza. Latkes.

Stay with me, this is going to be good.

Side note – raise your hand if you think this year just flew by? (Raises own hand).  I can’t believe I’m sitting at my computer typing up a latke recipe already.  How is Hanukkah just around the corner?  Sheesh, it feels like yesterday that Daniel and I were planning our Indian night pop-up event (in July)!  Well, needless to say, that time of year is almost here and I can’t wait to share with you what I’d like to think is a pretty genius idea.

A few years ago, I was always making a batch of deliciously crispy gluten-free pizza crust made from…wait for it…sauerkraut!  Thank you paleo cookbook author and blogger, Caroline Potter for the recipe (check out her healthy living blog “Flourish Living” here)!  Weirdly enough, I hadn’t made it in a while but gosh, what a perfect time to break out this sauerkraut! 

A strange thing happens when you squeeze all the liquid from a heaping handful of sauerkraut and mix it with a binder (like egg and/or cheese).  You get a crispy, yet healthy alternative – in this case, crispy latkes!  Plus, easy prep and good for your gut too!  Of course, if you make your own sauerkraut, that’s awesome – go for it!  If you’re a novice when it comes to fermentation, fear not – Bubbie’s brand (found at Whole Foods) is simply perfection – just cabbage, artisan well water (ooh, fancy) and salt.

Hmm…easy prep AND good for my tummy?  Sign me up! 🙂

I figured if I drained some sauerkraut, added shredded cheese (for a binder and major crisp factor), add in some thinly sliced red onion, mushroom, maybe green bell pepper or olives (if you’re a fan, unlike me), sprinkle oregano and red pepper flakes and then pan fry in a hot skillet, how could that be bad?! 

Cheesy Goodness

Since I’ve gone keto, I’ve made a lot of cheese crisps – literally just take a piece of cheddar cheese on some parchment paper, bake it, and then you wind up with crispy, cheesy goodness. So I thought this would basically be the same thing, right? The egg does help bind the latkes so they don’t fall apart, so I do recommend adding in an egg.  Between the sauerkraut and the cheese, the finished product resembles shredded potatoes!  Oh how clever.

And the BEST part?  Dipping those cheesy cabbage pancakes into marinara sauce!  All the pizza flavors in one perfect bite, without all of the guilt too.  Let’s dig in!

Wishing you all a very Happy Hanukkah, from your team here at MYV!


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Pizza Latke Recipe

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Pizza Latkes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Author: Rachel Katzman
  • 1 cup sauerkraut, drained (I like Bubbie's brand) Make sure to squeeze out as much water as possible so you get a crispy latke - you want a heaping cup-full once it's drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheese I used a pizza blend mix of mozzarella and cheddar, but pepper jack would be delish in this!
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese Feel free to shred your own or for convenience, buy pre-shredded (I won't judge)
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onion optional
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced mushrooms use any kind - but optional if you don't like mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced bell peppers again, optional - or you can use jarred pimentos - gives it a nice sweetness
  • 1/4 cup black olives I'm not a big fan, but if you like it on your pizza, go for it!
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes I like to add 1/4 tsp roughly because I like it spicy, but adjust the seasonings as you like
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 spritz cooking spray I used avocado oil spray because of the mild flavor, but I's Hanukkah, so go with olive oil!
  1. Pre-heat oven to 250F.

  2. Mix the ingredients (except the cooking spray) in a large bowl.  Let the mixture rest for a few minutes.

  3. Spray a non-stick pan with cooking spray and pre-heat to medium.

  4. Add a heaping spoonful, about 1/4 cup of the mixture on to the pan.  I used a large crepe pan, so I got 3 latkes in each cooking batch. 

  5. Cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side until crispy and golden brown and lifts up easy from the pan.

  6. Also, I prefer to take my spatula and flatten the latkes a bit to squeeze out some more water and get them extra crispy. 

  7. Flip and cook another 3-4 minutes.

  8. Drain on a paper towel.

  9. Keep the latkes warm in the oven at 250F so they continue to get warm and crispy while you continue making the batches. 

  10. Serve warmed from the oven with marinara sauce garnished with jalapeno or black olive slices and a sprinkle of oregano!

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Jalapeno Cheddar Cauliflower Latkes With Salsa Verde Sour Cream

Cauliflower LatkeWho doesn’t love latkes, but definitely don’t serve these with apple sauce as they definitely are not your bubbie’s. After eating what feels like nothing but carbs for a few days, I wanted something a little lighter. Enter cauliflower.  And yes, I know I am encroaching on Rachel’s territory, but I think I have done a good job of putting my own spin on it.

Raw cauliflower can have a sulfuric or bitter flavor, but by roasting it first you can bring out its nuttiness and sweetness.  The cheese adds some richness to balance the earthy flavors of the cauliflower as well as acting as a binder.  The jalapeno adds some heat to sharpen all the otherwise tame flavors of the latke.

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Cauliflower Latke
Jalapeno Cauliflower Cheddar Latkes
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins

This is not your bubbie's latke.  The use of cauliflower lightens up the recipe, while the cheese and jalapeno add richness and sharpness to the otherwise simple flavor.  I recommend making them on the thinner side so they cook through without burning on the outside.

Course: Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Jewish, Tex-Mex
Author: Daniel Peikes
  • 1 Large Head Cauliflower Core removed and broken up into florets
  • 1 Large Onion Peeled and quartered
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese Shredded
  • 4 Large Eggs Beaten
  • 3 Large Jalapenos Chopped, remove seeds and ribs to lessen the heat
  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • Salt and Pepper To taste
  • Vegetable Oil For frying
Special Equipment
  • Food Processor Fitted with a chopping blade
  • Parchment Paper
  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F. Toss the cauliflower and onion with the olive oil and place on parchment paper lined sheet pan.  Roast until the cauliflower starts to brown.

  2. Add the cauliflower and onion to the food processor and process until smooth but not liquid.

  3. Move mixture to a large mixing bowl and incorporate mix in the flour, cheese, eggs, jalapeno, salt, and pepper, stirring until all the ingredients are evenly distributed.

  4. Add about a 1/2 inch of oil in a large frying pan or skillet, and place over medium heat.  

  5. Form patties of your desired size and fry on each side until golden brown.


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Cauliflower Latke
Salsa Verde Sour Cream
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins

This recipe blends tradition with something a little more modern.  The salsa can be used on its own or mixed with sour cream to cool off the heat in the latkes.  You can also swap the bell peppers for jalapenos if you want to heat things up.

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Kosher, Mexican, Tex-Mex
Author: Daniel Peikes
  • 1 Large Green Bell Pepper (or 4 Jalapenos if you prefer it spicy) Stem and seeds removed, roughly chopped
  • 4 Bunches Scallions Root ends removed
  • 6 Medium Tomatillos Husks removed and halved
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Bunch Cilantro Stems removed
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and Pepper To taste
  • 8 oz Sour Cream
Special Equipment
  • Food Processor Fitted with a chopping blade
  • Parchment Paper
  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F. Spread out the peppers, scallions, tomatillos, and garlic on a parchment lined sheet pan and roast until they start to char.

  2. Add the peppers, scallions, tomatillos, garlic, cilantro, and lime juice to the food processor. Process to desired texture. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  3. You can serve the salsa as is or combine a half cup of the salsa with the sour cream for a richer topping. If you are going to mix the salsa with the sour cream I recommend processing the salsa until smooth.

Check out Rachel’s take on latke’s here: Spaghetti Squash Latkes with Dipping Sauce Trio