Tel Aviv, Israel - A sufganiyah is a ball-shaped doughnut that is first fried, pierced and injected with jelly or custard, and then topped with powdered sugar, similar to the German berliner or Polish pączki. In Yiddish, they are known as ponchkes. They are usually eaten warm.
Sufganiyot are widely consumed in Israel in the weeks leading up to and including the Hanukkah holiday. At Hanukkah, Jews observe the custom of eating fried foods in commemoration of the miracle associated with the Temple oil. While potato pancakes (latkes) are eaten in Israel, sufganiyot are considered a more "Israeli" Hanukkah treat.
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