Sunday, December 13, 2009

Andy Tauer's Advent Calendar, A Giveaway And Jelly Donuts


I like the idea of Advent, even if as a Jew it doesn't have the same meaning to me as for those who actually observe the season. But the concept of an expectant waiting for something joyous and wonderful is very nice and goes well with other Midwinter themes.

For me, the most wonderful thing about Hanukkah has always been my mother's jelly donuts, which were the reason I counted the days till the first or second night of the festivities, when my mom would spend the whole afternoon making them. Oil-fried foods are a big part of the holiday's tradition (to commemorate of the oil that sustained the Temple's Menorah for eight nights and eight days and what once was your shapely thighs), and nothing is better than homemade donuts. The classic version calls for jelly, but we've also experimented with dulce de leche and Nutella (the husband's favorite). If you ask me, blackcurrant jelly is best, but those who didn't grow up on a very particular way of making Hanukkah donuts would enjoy it equally filled with any not-too-sweet jelly or jam.

As my gift to you and a contribution to Andy Tauer's Advent Calendar, here is my mother's recipe:

Nina's Jelly Donuts


For the dough:

A little more than 5 cups all purpose flour

1 pack dry yeast

1 1/2 cups warm milk

1 egg

2 egg yolks

4 tbs melted butter

2tbs cognac

4 tablespoons sugar

½ teaspoon salt

Frying:

1 bottle vegetable oil

Filling:

blackcurrant jelly/jam/confiture

powdered sugar for sprinkling- preferably vanilla sugar

How to:

1. Dissolve yeast in ¼ cup warm milk (100F degrees)

2. Mix together all dough ingredients, yeast mixture included. Add the flour one cup at a time, making sure how much of the last cup is needed. Knead together JUST until smooth and non-sticky. Don’t overdo it. Let rise for two hours, covered with a towel in a warm spot.

3. Halve the dough without much kneading, .

4. Roll out one half and flatten it until it’s less than ¼ inch thin.

5. Take an empty glass or a round cookie cutter of equal size and GENTLY mark with it circles on the dough leaf.

6. Place 1½ teaspoons of jelly in the middle of each circle.

7. Roll out the other part of the dough. Gently and carefully use it to cover the jelly-filled other half. Don’t let too much air inside.

8. Cut dough circles using the glass/cookie cutter. Make sure that the jelly is in the middle of each donut.

9. Put donuts on a flour-sprinkled baking pan, cover and let rise again for about 45 minutes.

10. Heat oil in a large (but not too deep) pan that has a cover. When it’s very hot put a few donuts in and cover for 5 seconds. Lift cover; check if the sides are already golden. If so, turn donuts and fry uncovered.

11. Fry until golden and nice, remove to a paper towel covered tray and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Tips and Notes:

1. The reason you don’t want to over knead the dough is to not make it too dry and floury, which might result in donuts that won’t seal.

2. The same goes for the amount of flour in the recipe. It’s usually a little more than 5 cups, but add gradually.

3. According to my mom, adding cognac to the dough makes it absorb less oil.

4. Covering the jelly with the second part of the dough is easier than it sounds. Use both hands.

5.  My mom adds peeled chunks of carrot in the oil. They absorb the frying odor.

6. Use the best jelly you can find.

7. These donuts freeze well and are great when defrosted and microwaved for about 35 seconds each. Just be careful, the jelly is hot.

8. Gym membership not included but very much needed after a week of snacking on these donuts.

And now to the real giveaway: a Thuja root box with a full bottle of the winner's choice from Tauer Perfumes, shipped directly from Zurich. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post. The contest is open to all.
I'll announce the winner tomorrow.


Photo of Hanukkah donuts: life.com

211 comments:

  1. The donuts sound great!! Thanks for the recipe!

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  2. Thanks for the recipe, the draw, and holiday cheer!

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  3. Donuts are my favorite sweets, many thanks for the recipe. Alica - alica@cleis.net

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  4. As I was reading your description of the donuts, I was thinking "OK, MUST google 'Hanukah Donuts Recipt' as soon as I've posted a comment" then lo and behold I didn't have to! Thanks for the recipe. And for the giveaway prize opportunity. I know which bottle I'd ask for........

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  5. Happy Hanukkah! The donuts sound incredible.

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  6. Hi Gaia, I've been meaning to post anyway to thank you for the good reading and great tips I've gotten from your blog this year. First of all, it was your raving that turned me on to L'Air du Desert Marocain; second, the Bobbi Brown gel eyeliners have rocked my boring makeup routine; third, thanks for being so responsive when I asked about a more prominent search feature. Happy holidays and thanks again, Millicent

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  7. my god, nutella donuts! why did i never think of this before????

    thanks for the recipe, i think i will try the nutella version soon!

    and a full bottle is very very generous! (if i can't win again, please ignore, but still thanks for the giveaway and recipes!)

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  8. The "Hot Light" will be on at my house in the morning!

    Thanks for a such a wonderful Non-Blonde 2009. Here's to more great Non-Blondeness in 2010!

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  9. Those donuts sound amazing! It would also be terrific to win that draw! :) Happy Holidays!!!!---JenM

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  10. Fabulous receipe, I really want to try that one out. Love the blog, I read it everyday. I also love Andy's perfumes, and there are a couple I still haven't tried. I am loving his advent calender as well.

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  11. Hanukkah Sameah! :)

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  12. I hear that phrase "our once shapely thighs" in my head as I savor a jelly donut. Thanks for the recips-am sure they are wonderful.

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  13. Thanks for the recipe. From where I come, doughnuts are usually made with curds. This is something different, I'll have to try it some day. Hey, and nice prize today ;) Ms Who

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  14. Your Donuts sound delicious. Best season's greetings.

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  15. I agree that this time of year is really special, I think I actually prefer the run up to Christmas more than the day itself. Those doughnuts sound wonderful!

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  16. That recipe sounds delicious! Please enter me in the draw.

    festive wishes!
    Kirsten

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  17. I've never tried those before, looks fantastic!
    Have a nice day :)

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  18. Those doughnuts look really good - and Andy's advent calender is always awesoe!

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  19. Ok, i suppose, my original comment ("Hanukkah Sameah") wasn't approved, so I'll translate it from Hebrew and say: Happy Hanukkah, Andy! :)

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  20. I'm in for donuts! And for Andy's generous give-aways, obvs.
    Thanks!

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  21. I don't know what excites me more, Nutella filled donuts or perfume??!! I think it may be the 'fume!

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  22. Happy Chanukka!

    My husband tried to get his mom to send donuts from Israel - we live in Sweden - she didn't(!) but we got lots of other sweets and sevivonim. ;)
    So thanks for the recipe, maybe we can make some now...even though I doubt they'd turn out good...

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  23. This sounds like a great treat and giveaway! Thanks and have a pleasant Sunday.

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  24. I have to try this recpipe. I like donuts very much although they are quite fattening ;-)

    Marcin - fqjcior@wp.pl

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  25. This advent give-away by Andy is an absolutely wonderful idea and very generous of him as well.
    Thank you for the recipe and I'd like to be included in the draw of course. :)

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  26. hello ! thank you for sharing the special receipt! i will find time to make it with my daughter, she d love it!

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  27. Happy Chanukah! And thank you for the brilliant recipe. I never thought of using Nutella. Mmmmmmmmm...

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  28. thanks for the super recipe and help the guilt with entering the advent calender. I have just returned from a giant menorah candlelighting in the centre of hong kong which was truly special and uplifting...full of light. Thanks AT for your amazing generosity and also you amazing perfumes (i have yet to sample)
    hongkongmom

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  29. ahh that beautiful box again *crosses fingers* maybe I'll win this time.

    Those donuts sure look yummy, I think most people would prefer I don't go around that much hot oil though as I'm always burning myself in the kitchen LOL

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  30. Hi Gaia,
    Although I am a blonde :-) and I only have three cats, we share the same birthyear AND the same first bought-for-self perfume, Paloma Picasso. Oh, and I moved house this year as well :-).
    This is a good opportunity to say how much I like your blog. It's very inspirational: bought the Paul & Joe lipstick and eyeshadow for cat ladies :-) as a christmas present for my mum (and myself :-D), because of your blogpost.
    So, keep up the good work and a happy holiday season to you and your loved ones!

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  31. I've printed the recipe - a big thank you to your mother!
    And a big thank you to Andy for the prize as well :-)
    We are all spoilt.

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  32. Wow, I'm hungry now! Thanks for the recipe - they look delicious.

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  33. I'm always so tempted to try to make doughnuts at home, but I'm a bit afraid of all that oil. What do you do with it after the doughnuts are ready? Now I wish I had a biodiesel car :)

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  34. Sweet tooth, here I am and I am also a perfume lover. Thank you for hosting Andy's advent calendar.
    All the best
    R

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  35. Many thanks for sharing your mom's recipe and your husband's twist of a Nutella donut. I anticipate an ugly scene of the 6 Devine males salivating all over the kitchen floor at the prospect.

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  36. Hi! I've been around here sometimes..but never posted! Nice to meet you! And thanks for the recipe, sounds really delicious, Homer Simpson would love them! :)
    And,yes,thanks for the draw too!
    Have a great day!
    Silvia

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  37. Yes, nothing's better than homemade donuts! I used to eat them with plum jam and a cup of warm milk.

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  38. Thanks for the recipe, Gaia. Those donuts look pretty much like Dutch "oilballs" (olieballen) that are traditionally eaten on New Year Day. The only thing different - there is no jelly in oilballs.

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  39. Thanks for the recipe and please enter me in the draw. :)

    -Cecilia H.-

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  40. I've never tried making donuts myself, thanks for this recipe and for hosting the draw!

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  41. Good morning everybody! Dear Gaia, what a tasty-yummi recipe, directly from the source (…when you live in Switzerland, it’s not easy do get good donuts ; ) ) !
    Dear Andy, thanx a lot for the beautiful Scent-Apero yesterday! It was a pleasure for all senses and I really enjoyed talking with you.
    Have a very nice Sunday everybody, best regards, Till

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  42. These donuts look so delicious, thanks for the recipe! Have a lovely Sunday!

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  43. Thanks for the recipe! I need a change from the latkes I always make. Happy Chanukah to you and your whole family, Simone
    swo99@yahoo.com

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  44. I can't cook, but I'm going to try this out, simply because you made the donuts sound so good!

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  45. That recipe sounds delicious! I very well may try making those next week, thanks :)
    What an excellent prize for the draw, thanks for including me.

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  46. These donuts sound delicious! We've just been given some jellies that I'd like to try. Thanks for posting the recipe and all the accompanyng tips, and for doing the draw, of course. Warm wishes for Hanukkah.

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  47. Oh thank u for chance to win and a wonderful (i hope!) recipe!

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  48. Oh, I love donuts but have never yet tried to do them myself. You got me tempted. Please also enter me into the draw. Enjoy your Sunday!

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  49. The donuts sounds delicious, thank you for the recipe!

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  50. Nutella-filled donuts? Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm........
    Many thanks for the recipe and have a wonderful day!

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  51. Pick me! Pick me!

    Like you, I most enjoy the holiday season's special family recipes. This is likely to be my last year in my home town for Xmas, and... wait! You know what? Writing that made me realize that I need to take some time off and spend it with my family this year.

    Anyway-- baking together with my mom is a magical experience that reminds me what the holiday is about. Kudos to you for sharing your recipe.

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  52. Oh, homemade jelly doughnuts! I had a friend who used to make these--none of the nozzle-shot filling that commercial doughnuts have, but a little bundle of filling (raspberry jam, usually) tucked inside like a Christmas present.

    If I weren't so mortally afraid of deep-fat frying, I would probably make some on my day off. Maybe I will anyway....

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  53. Sounds good! Thanks for the recipe!

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  54. The doughnuts sound great and thanks for the draw

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  55. Thanks for sharing your recipe--today is my day for making my mom's biscotti, another holiday tradition! What we take for granted as kids, becomes an important and meaningful memory as adults. And, oh all of the wonderful smells coming from the kitchen--is that where we all first experienced our love of "perfume"?

    Happy Holidays to you and yours, from one Jersey Girl to another. xo JE

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  56. Kudos to you for preserving and passing on the family donut recipe. These traditions need to be held on to, or the industrialized foods will be all we have.

    And Andy's boxes look wonderful! Sign me up!

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  57. Lovely post! I think we'll have to try those donuts too. I don't generally care for them, EXCEPT for homemade ones... my father used to make some too. And besides, Nina is my younger daughter's name (the older is named Maia). Hoping the coincidences here are a sign this is my lucky day; those boxes are stunning, and a whole bottle, too!

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  58. Oh wow, those Donuts sound amazing. I am trying very hard to stay out of the kitchen until the urge to make them has died down. My diet! :)

    Thanks for a great blog, Gaia - I really enjoy reading it and hope you have a wonderful Yule in your new home and a very happy 2010.

    If Andy's reading - I'd love to win one of those beautiful boxes with a bottle of ooooh, pretty much anything of his in it (what I'd choose varies from day to day). I'm really sad I missed his annual Scent Apero yesterday, but I didn't want to share my germs.

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  59. Delicious recipe. Please enter me in the draw!

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  60. MMmmm.....donuts. Sign me up!

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  61. Wow, what a yummy-looking recipe! Thanks for hosting today's Tauer Advent Calendar giveaway -- please do enter me (drannit at gmail dot com).

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  62. Always wanted to try making my own donuts =P Any chance you'll be making any and sending them over to Taiwan? =)

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  63. The donuts do sound delicious—and so does a chance to wear some of Andy's wonderful creations. Please enter me in!

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  64. Wow those donuts look delicious, please enter me in the draw.Thanks and have a great sunday.

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  65. Those doughnuts look amazing! And a great giveaway too, I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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  66. The recipe sounds delicious -thank you for that! What an awesome prize - please sign me up!

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  67. Mmmmmm. Haven't seen blackcurrant jelly around here, but maybe some seedy blackberry and raspberry jam. Thanks for the recipe and the chance for the generous giveaway, and Happy Holidays to you both.

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  68. Those donuts look so tempting. I bet you need a deep fryer though. Happy Hanukkah!

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  69. Whoa! Awesome recipe, awesome drawing. Add me please!

    Cheers,
    Katie

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  70. Several times I've meant to comment; especially when your post causes me to buy something new that I end up loving, and once or twice to disagree. However, the sweetness of sharing your family tradition and recipe with us at the holidays convinced me to comment, even if only to say thank you! P.S. My favorite is current, because it's tart compared to the sweetness.

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  71. I used to live near a beautiful windy beach. There was a stall selling hot doughnuts nearby & it was the best thing ever to pick up a box & eat them at the end of a walk.

    You reminded me I need to do that again soon :-)

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  72. Thanks for the recipe, tips (definitely need to try the carrots) and draw. Happy Hanukkah! nicolibba

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  73. Just started reading this blog~ it's now one of my favorite readings of the day! Jelly donuts here I come!

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  74. I wish I had someone to make me homemade jelly donuts, since I know we won't do it ourselves (deep frying didn't go well the previous times). Your moms' donuts sound like a great holiday tradition. And of course, I would love to be entered in the draw!

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  75. thank you for the recipe.. and have a nice day

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  76. What a lovely holiday memory and tradition. Thanks for sharing-sounds yummy!

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  77. The dougnuts look delicious. Please enter me into the draw. Thank you. Betty

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  78. Nutella donuts? And I thought I'd spread it on everything!

    Happy Hanukkah!

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  79. JJO, Oak Park, IllinoisDecember 13, 2009 10:33 AM

    Nutella-filled donuts sounds like altogether too much deliciousness :)

    Thanks for the recipe, and for the giveaway!

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  80. Please count me in, thanks and the donuts look really yummy...

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  81. excellent sounding recipe-I'll try it for the holidays. And for Andy Tauer, your scents are amazing, and this Advent is super!

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  82. Those donuts look fabulous! And I'd love to be entered in the draw. Thanks.

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  83. Sounds delicious. THanks for sharing the recipe. Please enter me in the drawing as well.

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  84. What a great receipe...Please enter me in the drawing....Have a great Sunday!!

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  85. Thanks for the recipe! I hope to be picked for AT's advent prize!

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  86. The wooden boxes are really beautiful and that recipe, I have to try that one...
    Thanks
    honeywhereismygun@hotmail.com

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  87. I've never tried fresh homemade donuts, but my husband's mother used to make them and he raves about them. Thanks for the recipe, and thanks for the draw. I've been reading your blog for a long time, but this is my first comment.

    Karen M.

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  88. These donuts look delicious! It is a brilliant way of treat for any occasion. I love them.

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  89. ooh, can't wait to try these!! Thanks for the recipe, and thanks to Andy for another amazing gift!

    Veda

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  90. The jelly donuts sound delicious, and I'm really craving that beautiful Thuja wood box. Hope I win!

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  91. Never tried making my own donuts but your Mom's recipe (Please tell her thanks for sharing!!) looks straight-forward and delicious. Will have to jump into donut making with both feet.

    Mmmmmm, Nutella filled donuts.

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  92. Mmm they sound and look delicious!

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  93. I do love the sound of those donuts! Happy Holidays!

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  94. Mmmm ... doughnuts.

    Thanks for the contest!

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  95. I want to win!!! please enter my name in the draw, and now I want donuts... mmmm donuts...

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  96. Quite a good- sounding recipe!! Thank you for hosting on your never-a-dull-moment and fun blog! hotlanta linda :-)

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  97. I love the conversation that emerges between these different traditions--Andy's advent calendar, your Hanukkah donuts. This post is a gift.

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  98. Thanks for the recipe, it sounds amazing. And what a GREAT draw, please enter me.

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  99. ooh those jelly donuts sound sooo good!!

    I'd love to be entered in the draw. Thanks!

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  100. I guess I'll love your mother's donuts if I have the chance to try them. Happy holiday and thanks for this opportunity! :X

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  101. This sounds great! Both the donuts and the draw :)

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  102. Andy, I so appreciate you taking us on this adventure to learn about other blogs. Especially one that gives donut recipes!!! Happy Hanukkah!

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  103. That is an incredible recipe for doughnuts! Happy Hanukkah!

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  104. Please enter me too. I can only repeat what others have said: that recipe sounds amazing! But I too am afraid of deep frying, not so much for the calories (gulp) but for gettin burned by little drops of flying oil! I wonder if I can convince someone else to make them...

    Happy Hanukhah to you! (I had no idea doughnuts are a holiday tradition.)
    Laura M

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  105. Hi Gaia! Thank you for this yummy recipe,and for the chance to win this amazing prize. Have a great holiday season!

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  106. please count me in, and I'd try that recipe , looks really cool, happy holidays to all!!!

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  107. that's a really nice recipe! however, i'm not a fan of baking, and my kitchen is so small that i usually buy ready-made...
    but if i can't have the donuts, at least enter me in the draw :)
    crazydiamondstarrz@yahoo.co.uk

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  108. Oh, your doughnuts sound wonderful. My grandfather used to be a doughnut shop owner. He used to win Best of Boston every year! Since he stopped making them, I only eat the ones I make myself. I can't wait to try your recipe.

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  109. Making my own donuts sounds like too much work. Id prefer to just go to krispy kreme. Of course, i imagine its a lot easier than making my own fragrance, which it why i want to win the Tauer.

    I dont understand how the winner will be notified when there is no place to enter any contact information without displaying it to everyone.

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  110. Aah, food and scent, two obsessions on one page - how very satisfying. Please enter me in the draw, and thanks for the recipe. I've never eaten a homemade jelly donut, but it sounds amazing, and I might have to try it over the holiday season.

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  111. YUM, thanks for the recipe for the sufganiyot! They're my favorite-FAVORITE-favorite part of Hanukkah celebrations, and I can't get enough excellent recipes for them. These sound fantastic.

    I'd like to enter the drawing, please!

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  112. Here's another Jew who enjoys both, the "institution" of advent and donuts (I liked them with apricot jelly...).

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  113. Mmmm, sufganiyot. Mmmmm, latkes. Mmmm, Tauer perfumes. I love Hanukkah!

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  114. Ahhhh, donuts! The Nutella variety sounds wonderful. And thanks to Andy for another drawing! -- ZenArcade (Jennifer)

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  115. Thanks for the recipe, the donuts sound delicious! As does the lovely fragrant gift from Tauer, what a treasure!

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  116. oh my gosh! i just wanted to reach into the computer screen and have one of those delicious looking doughnuts.

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  117. Oh my god, Nutella donuts... or is it oh my Yahweh? In any case, thank you for hosting, thank you for the recipe, and thank you to the gods of giveaway contests for considering this offering!

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  118. Hey, those donuts have my name on them! (I will print out the recipe immediately and hope for the perfume.)

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  119. That sounds delicious! I love baking in winter.

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  120. Thank you so much for the recipe. I haven't made doughnuts for years and years but this one is so tempting that I think I will have to try it!

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  121. Your blog is so much more than just a beauty blog. Your comments are intelligent and they are always a great read. The donuts look really good!

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  122. I apologize, I think I send my comment few times, I thought it doesn't work. I just realized it's a moderated one. Sorry, hope I didn't cause too much trouble. Best, Maria

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  123. Ah, now I'm hungry for donuts!

    Thank you for participating in this fun little game. :-)

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  124. Now why'd you have to post a recipe for donuts...? :D

    Starts jumping high and low: pick me, pick me!

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  125. Hi,Andy ,

    What a surprise, I thought I'd made a mistake ! Surely if I enter your giveaway every year I'll be chosen someday, that would be a huge surprise !!! :)

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  126. I wish I had the time to make something so delicious! I made vegan chocolate cupcakes without a mixer during finals and no more baking for a while!

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  127. These sound delish! I celebrate Hannukah as well but have never hear of these kinds of donuts. Can't wait to try them out!

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  128. Sounds delicious! :)

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  129. Those donuts sound wonderful - I think I could forget about the calories long enough to eat 1 or 2 or 8.

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  130. Yeah, a new blog to discover. Great! Thanks andy and you too dear Non blonde

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  131. Happy Hanukkah, and thanks for the drawing!

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  132. Congratulations for your blog! Happy Sunday.

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  133. Hi! In my country we don't eat donuts during Advent time. But that's not a problem, because I don't like donuts at all. I love Tauer's perfumes instead!

    Monika at mv00@wp.pl

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  134. I will definitely take a stab at making these donuts, they look amazing. Thanks again to Andy for his generosity!

    -Jonny Jujube-
    jonathan.d.hoskins@gmail.com

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  135. Mmmm....donuts!!! Mmmm...perfume!!! Two of my favorite things :)

    AVH1010

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  136. Hi Andy, Hi Gaia! I love the idea of taking us to get to know other blogs and other people :) PS: These donuts do look lovely :)

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  137. Ooh, those donuts look yummy! Love to win the delicious smelling fragrance as well!

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  138. I'll make a note to make those donuts soon. Happy Hanukkah :)

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  139. Yummy! -Lauren P.

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  140. Sounds good, I do love donuts. Nutella ones sounds divine... I can't imagine actually making them, though. :-D I'd love to be in the drawing. Thanks!

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  141. Oh, those doughnuts sure look good. I have some lovely seedless raspberry jam I bought to make thumbprints, but I think I've found a better use for it. Thanks for the recipe.

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  142. It's great to be introduced to your blog. Please enter me for the draw.

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  143. That recipe looks fantastic.

    Thanks for entering me.

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  144. I'd love to win this one, please enter my name in the draw.
    Many thanks and happy holidays.

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  145. I don't usually eat donuts but those look great.

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  146. Great recipe. Happy holidays everyone and congratulations to the winner of the draw, if I am not the lucky girl.

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  147. Hmm those look fantastic. Too bad I'm too lazy to attempt it. I'd love to be entered in Andy's draw. Thanks!

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  148. If I knew how I'd post a clip of Shalom Sesame where Moshe Oofnick (the grouch) makes Oof Ganiot. Delicious!

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  149. That recipe sounds delicious... Please include me in this draw!

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  150. Great looking donuts.
    Please sign me up for the draw.
    Ross Urrere

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  151. Wow. Those sound delicious. I'll have to try to make those.

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  152. Thanks for the recipe! I look forward to trying it out.

    Mary

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  153. Sweet story of holiday memories, I could taste the black currant filled fried donuts! Thank you for sharing your mother's recipe! Happy Hanukah, Kim kfblevins@cox.net

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  154. A bottle of Andy's perfume and jelly donuts!!! What could be better? Thank you for your blog, the recipe and hosting this exciting draw! Happy Holidays.

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  155. Sweet treats evoke so many memories, I could taste the black currant filled fried donuts. Thank you for sharing your mother's special recipe. Happy Hanukah! Kim

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  156. (homer voiced) doooohhhnuuuuts...

    I'm not big on the Krispy-Kreme ones that drive people so mad. I love these kind with yeast. One with a Nutella center? Yum!

    Life should have a Nutella center...

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  157. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!!

    mmm look good.

    -Lauren
    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

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  158. Utterly decadent... these donuts sound perfect for the holiday season.

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  159. donuts and giveaways? As always, your taste is impeccable.
    Thanks!

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  160. Perfume and baked goods! What a great combination! Wonderful draw.

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  161. The only thing better than a beautiful box with perfume is a beautiful box with perfume and donuts. But I'll settle for the perfume and wear it while making the donuts. Thanks for the recipe!

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  162. What a lovely post!
    My Mom used to make homemade doughnuts, but sadly, left no recipe. I am eager to recapture those sweet memories, and Nina's recipe will surely make that possible.
    Of course, Andy's perfume is memory making all on its own. Thank you both!

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  163. Thanks for the recipe, I like to try making new things. How nice of you to have your advent calendar each year, please include me in the draw !

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  164. Thank you, Andy - another generous gift for a very lucky winner!

    I could only dream of receiving such a beautiful treasure this Christmas.

    And, thank you to Gaia for such a delicious recipe. I love Nutella!

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  165. Hi Andy,
    How kind of you to do your Advent calendar every year, please include me in the drawing.

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  166. Thanks for recipe and Happy Hanukkah

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  167. Happy Hanukkah and thanks for the recipe. Please include me in the draw.

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  168. I've never made donuts, but now I'm very tempted. Thanks for the recipe and the draw

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  169. Thanks for the recipe! Happy Hanukkah!

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  170. Thank you for sharing the recipe, the donuts sound like utter delight, as do a perfume from Andy Tauer!

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  171. to late or still open. I don't care. Very nice recipe!! Thank you!!!

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  172. Lovely! I'd love to receive Andy's box for Christmas! With some donuts on the side of course! - HVS

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  173. Mmmm donuts. My mom does similar thing but bakes them in the oven.

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  174. Those donuts look awesome!

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  175. Home made doughnuts = love; we never had the kind with the filling, so thank you for the recipe. Your entire blog is an inspiration & a gift given freely so thank you more for that! Love the gift idea, very lovely.
    Amelia/millascent@gmail.com

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  176. Wow what a great giveaway!
    About the donuts - we make them about the same here in Romania and the smell drives me crazy when i arrive to my grandmother's house :)

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  177. Thanks for the recipe. Nutella & Dulce de Leche, yummm. Andy Tauer perfume in a scented box, even more yumm. Happy Hanukkah! Anna

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  178. Perfect - We just got a metal basket thingy specifically for when we embarked on a doughnut making adventure. I think this recipe means it's time :-)

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  179. Thanks for the recipe. The donuts look yummy. Happy Hanukkah!

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  180. thank you for a wonderful recipe!!

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  181. great reciepe.....
    and great present from andy!

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  182. Wow, what a prize! Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you so much.

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  183. I love donuts! I will definitely try out this during the holidays.

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  184. Donuts and nutella?!?! Genius, pure and simple genius!

    Thanks for the recipe, and the generous offer!

    Amanda

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  185. Wow, my daughter would love those doughnuts.
    Please include me in the draw
    a

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  186. I hope I'm not too late to enter the drawing! I guess I'm a little bit behind... Thank you, Andy for this fun contest and for your generosity. Happy holidays and good luck to all!

    Missundrstnding@aol.com

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  187. Fantastic recipe! I would love to try that. I would love to enter the drawing as well!

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  188. I'm probably too late, but I couldn't get to the link earlier.

    The donuts sound wonderful!

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