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Star Donuts-A Delicious Parshas Lech Lecha Dessert

Want to create a parsha-themed dessert with your kids this week? Or if your kids are old enough, they can make these yummy desserts on their own! This star-shaped donut dessert is perfect for Parshas Lech Lecha!

Hashem blesses Avraham that his descendants will be uncountable, and likened to the sand on the earth and the stars in the sky. So here's what we got for you this week: A star-shaped donut dessert. Sprinkle with some powdered sugar and your kids will be super proud to bring these delicious treats to your table.

You can absolutely make these with your favorite challah or donut recipe. I use my challah recipe and add in a big more sugar to make these a dessert.

What You'll Need:

  • Challah/Donut Dough (recipe below)

  • Rolling Pin

  • Star Shaped Cookie Cutter

  • Parchment Paper

  • Frying pan with oil

  • Confectioner's Sugar

  • Fruits to Garnish

Challah Dough Recipe (I added additional sugar for the donuts)

  • 2 1/2 Cups warm water

  • 3 Packets dry yeast (or 6 3/4 tsp. yeast)

  • 3/4 Cup sugar

  • 7 Cups flour

  • 1/2 Cup oil

  • 1 Tablespoon salt

Directions For Dough:

  1. Add warm water and sugar to a small bowl, and sprinkle the yeast on top. Let the yeast sit to activate (about 3-5 min)

  2. In a mixer or separate bowl, add flour, oil, and salt.

  3. Once the yeast is ready, pour the yeast mixer into the flour mixture. Knead by hand or stand mixer until a ball of dough forms. Add addiditional flour if the mixture is too sticky.

  4. Cover, set aside, and allow the dough rise for an hour.

Creating The Star Donuts

Place a piece of the dough on a parchment paper. Flatten the dough with your hands. Then take a second piece of parchment paper and cover the dough. Roll on top of the parchment paper to flatten the dough. The dough should remain 1/4 of an inch thick.

Using a star-shaped cookie cutter, cut out the donuts. Let them sit as you finish cutting out all of the donut stars.

Fill a frying pan or pot with oil to deep-fry the stars. Turn on the fire to high and allow the oil to heat up. Test the oil to see if it is ready by placing a small piece of dough in the oil. If the oil starts bubbling wildly right away, your oil is ready.

Place a few stars in the pot/frying pan at a time. Make sure not to overcrowd your pan. If the oil is hot enough, it will only need a few seconds on each side. Work quickly and remove right away, placing the stars on paper towel to drain the oil.

Once donuts are cooled, they can be stored for use.

To plate, add one or two to a plate. Sprinkle it with confectioner's sugar. If you would like, you can also add fruit as an extra garnish.

It is best to use them within a day or two. If you want to make these in advance, freeze them right away and when you are ready to serve, warm them up in the oven, and then sprinkle with confectioner's sugar.


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