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Sfenj (North African Donuts)


4 cups (500 grams) all purpose flour

1 tablespoon dry yeast

3 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 2/3 cups warm water

about 1-2 cups of oil for frying (depending on how large your frying pan is, it should have about 1 inch of oil.)


  1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water and the sugar. Set Aside

  2. In a stand mixer, combine flour and salt, and pour the water mixture over it. Let the mixer run on medium-low for about 5 minutes, taking breaks to scrape the bowl with a silicon spatula. Alternatively, need by hand for about 10 minutes.

  3. Take the dough out of the bowl, create a large ball by tucking dough under. Oil the bowl sightly and return the dough to the bowl to proof for at least 1-2 hours.

  4. Divide the dough into 12-16 pieces. with wet hands, flatten each piece and create a hole in the middle with your thumbs. Very gently, stretch the donut so that the hole gets bigger. Place down on a smooth or oiled surface. Don't over shape the dough, as it will become sticker and hard to handle.

  5. Heat up your oil in a frying pan. if your not sure if your oil is hot enough, you can use a wooden spoon to place into the oil, if bubbles form around it, it's ready!

  6. Gently place 2-4 donuts in your pan, and fry 1-3 minutes on each side. Donuts should be golden brown.

  7. Transfer donuts to a paper towel lined plate and let cool for 1-2 minutes.

  8. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or drizzle with honey.

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