Sephardic Chanukah Donuts



4 1/2 tsp active dry yeast (2 packets)
2 cups warm water
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups vegetable oil, for frying
Toppings: powdered sugar honey


In a mixing bowl, combine the yeast, sugar, and warm water and set aside for 5 minutes to activate the yeast. There should be bubbles forming on top when it’s ready. Add the flour and salt and stir until a very sticky dough has formed. Cover the bowl and rise 1 hour. Pour oil into a frying pan and heat to 350 degrees F. I definitely recommend using a candy thermometer when you fry. Dip your hands in cold water or oil then rip off pieces of the dough, open up the center to create a hole, and carefully drop in the fryer. Each bimuelo will have a unique shape. Fry for 2 minutes on each side. Drain bimuelos on paper towels then top with powdered sugar or honey while still hot.