Itto’s Sfenjj (Moroccan Donuts, without eggs)
These cold days, when we spend most of the time inside, thinking and planning the projects ahead, there is always a big need for something sweet and warming in between meals. We stay nearly the whole day in our living- kitchen (in front of the chimney) because it is the most comfortable and the only warm and heated place in our house.
Always a good thing to do then is some bakery, especially these easy and lovely Moroccan donuts, called “sfenjj”.
Together with the kids it is fun and learning in the same time: some maths by counting the ingredients, some geometry by cutting the circles, some arts by decorating with different things… and a lot of housewifery- and baking-ABC as well…
If you wanna make them, you’ll need (for about 25 pieces):
500 g white flour
40 g dry yeast
¼ l warm milk
100 g white sugar
100 g melted butter
Pinch of Salt
Oil to fry
Things to decorate (powder sugar, cinnamon, sweet pearls…)
Mix the flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl and add warm (not hot!) milk and the melted butter. Work this mixture well with your hands until you get a soft and firm dough that does not stick on your hands anymore. Then cover it and let rest until it became double-sized.
Now take the dough, knead once again and then roll it out flat (about ½ cm high).
Take a glass or something round and cut out circles (about 7cm diameter) and then take a smaller circle (about 2cm wide – I took the opening of a water-bottle) to cut out the middle hole. Keep this little middle-piece of dough to fry as a little ball as well.
Work the whole dough like this.
Now heat up some oil (about 5cm high) in a big frying pan, wait until it is really, really hot and then put the circles and the little pieces of dough in to fry.
That takes about 3 minutes – turn sometimes until both sides are golden.
Take out the donuts, sprinkle them with powder sugar and let cool on a paper.
Work all dough like this.
Now they are ready to enjoy or to decorate with some icing, chocolate or else… yummy, alhamdulillah!!!
Happy February, friends!