Remember how I co-hosted a Rosh Hashanah blog party a couple of months ago with my friend Jessie? Well today I bring you another fabulous holiday blog party. This one is co-hosted by the one and only me and my friend Leah from Cook Kosher. I present:
A Hanukkah Blog Party! Scroll down past the party info for the most delicious dessert recipe you’ve ever tasted. No jokes. PS: in honor of Chanukah, I totally deep fried it!
Let’s get some details, shall we?
Welcome to our first ever Hanukkah Blog Party, hosted by Leah of Cook Kosher and Miriam of Overtime Cook. It’s traditional on Hanukkah to eat fried treats, most notably donuts and latkes, and we’ve got a fabulous array of Hanukkah themed recipes, treats and crafts from Jewish bloggers all over the world! Scroll down for links to all of the delicious treats.
To help get everyone into party mode, we have a bunch of fabulous new cookbooks to giveaway! Leave a comment on this post for your chance to win one of:
2 copies of Susie Fishbein’s new Kosher By Design Cooking Coach
(sponsored by Artscroll) Reviewed by me here.
(sponsored by Artscroll) Reviewed by me here.
2 copies of Leah Schapira’s Fresh & Easy Kosher Cooking
(sponsored by Artscroll) Reviewed by me here.
(sponsored by Artscroll) Reviewed by me here.
2 copies of Esther Deutch’s CHIC Made Simple
(sponsored by the author) Reviewed by me here.
(sponsored by the author) Reviewed by me here.
Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM on Sunday, December 16th. Limit one entry per person per blog, so visit the other blogs for extra chances to win!
Prizes can only be shipped within the US. Entries must be accompanied by a valid email address in order to qualify.
How to enter: Leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite fried treat is!
This is the second of many fabulous Holiday Blog Parties. If you would like to be added to the mailing list to participate in future parties, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Scroll past the recipe for lots of other amazing chanuka recipes!
And now let’s talk Cannoli.
Sometimes I feel like it’s a very good thing that I don’t have an Italian granmother, because she might be really angry at me for calling this recipe a cannoli. I am pretty sure that a real italian would be completely scandalized by the concept of a shortcut in cannoli making. But let’s get real, shall we? I am not Italian. I don’t possess a pasta roller, nor do I possess the energy or time to sit there rolling out cannoli dough as thin as pasta with nothing but my rolling pin. And y’all know how I am totally not into buying premade things, but I made an exception here. You’re going to be deep frying the dough, and you’re going to make a dreamy-creamy-sinfully amazing filling, nobody will complain if you start with something out of your grocery’s freezer. My secret: wonton wrappers! You got it! They are already super thin, and they fry up really nicely (just ask your local Asian restaurant). Trust me. You will completely rethink cannoli once you try this.
Now let’s talk filling. I have made “cannoli” in the past (using store bought wafer “shells” and filled them with lightly sweetened whipped cream. But this time I decided to take things a step further. I made the most amazing mousse filling for these. I don’t know that there are adequate words in the English language to describe this filling, so make it and you will see what I am talking about.
Shortcut Cannoli Shells:
canola oil, for frying
45-50 wonton wrappers
melted chocolate, for garnish, optional
special equipment: 2 x Cannoli Forms, Set of Four
Heat about 2-3 inches of oil in a deep frying pan over medium heat.
Meanwhile, prepare the cannoli shells: wrap a wonton wrapper around a cannoli form tightly. Dip your finger in water and rub along the edges. Press well to seal. (If the wrapper isn’t tight enough, or the seam isn’t sealed well enough, the shell will open while frying.) Repeat with all remaining cannoli forms.
Before frying, test that the oil is hot enough. Place a small piece of wonton wrapper in the oil- if it rises immediately it’s ready for frying.
Fry 3-4 cannoli at a time, depending on the size of your frying pan. Don’t overcrowd the pan or they will open. Fry the cannoli for a couple of minutes (about 2-4) until they are golden brown. Remove from pan and place on paper towel to drain the oil, then set aside to cool. When cooled enough to handle, gently remove the cannoli from the form, and repeat with the remaining wrappers.
Once all cannoli have been fried, cooled and removed from the forms, dip the ends in melted chocolate, if desired. Place the dipped cannoli shells on parchment paper to set.
At this point you can store the shells in an airtight container for a day or two, or even freeze for later use. Or you can fill immediately, but then you need to serve the within a couple of hours.
Chocolate (Nutella) Mousse
Adapted from My Baking Addiction
1 cup whipping cream or rich’s whip
3/4 cup chocolate hazelnut spread such as Nutella or for a non-dairy option use Schneider’s Delinut
8 ounces cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla
optional 1/2 cup additional cream, for garnish/serving
In the bowl of your electric mixer, using the whisk attachment, beat the cream or whip until stiff. (If using extra for garnish, you can whip it together to save time.) Remove whipped cream from mixer and set aside.
In the bowl of the electric mixer (no need to wash it between this and the previous use) beat together the chocolate-hazelnut spread, cream cheese and vanilla until combined.
Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the cream (if whipped extra for garnish only use 2/3 of the total amount). Stir gently until all of the cream has been incorporated.
Within a couple of hours before serving the cannoli, fill the shells with the mousse. To get the look in the picture, fit a piping bag with a Wilton 1M piping tip and fill it with mousse. Pipe some mouse in to one end of the cannoli shell, ending with a nice tip, then turn around a fill the other end, again ending in a nice tip. Otherwise, just place the mousse in a bag, snip off the end, and pipe it into the shells.
Serve the cannoli within a few hours of filling them, alongside the reserved whipped cream.
And of course, enjoy!
Stop by the other blogs and check out these Chanukah Themed Recipes:
Jamie from Joy of Kosher made Zucchini Latkes with Tzatziki
Daniel from Peikes Cookbook made Potato and Fennel Latkes Fried in Duck Fat With Chinese Five Spice Apple Sauce
Susan from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen made Squash and Potato Latkes
Samantha from The Little Ferraro Kitchen made Ruby Red Beet Latkes with Cumin
Nechamah from TIforOA Food Ideas made Healthy Oatmeal Latkes
Liz from The Lemon Bowl made Traditional Potato Latkes
Melanie from From Fast Food to Fresh Food made (I Can’t Believe They’re Crispy!) Baked Latkes
Laura from Mother Would Know made Three Variations of Sweet and Savory Latkes
Sarah from Crispy Bits and Burnt Ends made Kimchee Latkes
Shulie from Food Wanderings made Baked Panko Sweet Potato Leek Latkes
Donuts and Desserts:
Miriam from Overtime Cook made Shortcut Cannoli with Chocolate Mousse Filling
Leah from Cook Kosher made 5 Minute Donuts
Estee from The Kosher Scoop made Tropical Fruit Fritters
Melinda from Kitchen-Tested made Sweet Steamed Buns
Amy from What Jew Wanna Eat made Homemade Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Gelt
Avidan from Baking It Up As I Go Along made Orange Olive Oil Cake
Tali from More Quiche Please made Glazed Chocolate Donut Holes
Amital from Organized Jewish Home made Mom’s Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
Princess Lea from The Frumanista made Túrógombóc
Stephanie and Jessica from The Kosher Foodies made Beignets
Gigi from Gigi’s Kitchen made Bunuelos: Mini Powdered Cheese Donuts
Esther from Esther O Designs made Edible Menorahs
Patti from No Bacon Here made Hanukkah Oreo Balls
Shoshana from Couldn’t Be Parve made Churros con Chocolate
Shaindy from My Happily Hectic Life made Inside Out Apple Crisp
Eve from Gluten Free Nosh made Gluten-Free Hanukkah Sugar Cookies
The Gluten Free maven made Gluten Free Vegan Cake Donuts
Amy from Baking and Mistaking made Mini Cream-Filled French Beignets
Sarah from Food, Words, Photos made Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Victoria from Itsy Bitsy Balebusta made Pure Vanilla Donuts
Vicky and Ruth from May I Have That Recipe made Dulce de Leche and Eggnog cream filled mini sufganiot
Dena from Oh You Cook made Poached Pears in Pomegranate Sauce
Michele from Kosher Treif Cooking made Tiramisu Cheessecake
Sharon from FashionIsha made Sparkly Chanukah Cookies
Appetizers, Soups, Sauces, Drinks and other Hanukkah Food:
Laura from Pragmatic Attic made Caramel Spice Applesauce
Jessie from Bread and Butter made Honey Spiced Hanukkah Martini
G6 from Guess Who’s Coming 2 Dinner made Sweet Potato Leek Soup
Claire from I Love Soup made Sweet Potato, Coconut & Lemongrass Soup
Jennifer from Juanita’s Cocina made Kugel
Liz from Kosher Like Me made Ready, Stuff Roll!
Shelley from The Kosher Home made Hanukkah Crafts and Printables
Yosef from This American Bite made Zaatar, Garlic & Olive Oil Popcorn
Aren’t these the most beautiful and delicious looking little treats? You know you want to make them! Thank you, as always, for stopping by, and make sure to enter my giveaway, then click on all the links above for more amazing recipes and lots of chances to win! Happy Chanukkah, Hanukkah, or however else you say it to all my Jewish Friends and readers! -Miriam PS- come back soon for a super cool latke recipe!
Thank you so much for inviting me to participate! Happy Hanukkah! And my fav fried treat is funnel cakes!
Happy Chanukah! Can’t wait to see more of your delicious recipes
Happy Chanukah! I love donuts, especially the ones with Carmel filling that they make in Israel
Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings says
yum! those cannolis look awesome! Happy Chanukah!
Yummy recipes HONESTLY my favorite fried food is french fries
Rayzel Broyde says
Definitely suganiyot and my husbands potato balls (I know random) hope I win!!
Sara S says
my favorite fried treat is tempura sushi! yum…. your recipe looks amazing! happy chanukah!
Sweet Tooth says
I never thought of using a wonton wrapper. What an inspired idea!
I was going to say fried latkes. Yet when I saw Blima comment saying her favorite fried food is french fries, I have to admit that that is my absolute favorite fried food all year round.
My favorite fried food is donuts and latkes. Thank you for the wonderful post. I really enjoy reading your blog. Thank you for your cook book reviews. I can’t wait to try Susie Fishbein’s Yemenite soup.
Oh my gahhhhhh. Rolling out cannoli dough by hand with a pin was what was keeping me from cannoling. You are a genius, and I am going to impress the smack out of coworkers with these later this week, I hope!
i love fried doughnuts!!
You always make sumthing different and yummy 🙂 Very well explained 🙂
Amy Kritzer (@WhatJewWannaEat) says
So pretty! Thanks for hosting the blog party!!
My favorite fried food is french fries, but in the spirit of Hanukkah, my second favorite is latkes.
This looks yum! Caramel sufganiyot are our family fav’s!
So glad you joined the blog party – can’t wait to see how you used the printables! http://thekosherhome.com/chanukah-sameach/
Shelley from The Kosher home!
Miriam J says
Great Idea. I love fried doughnuts…nothing beats them!
My favorite fried chanukah food is doughnuts!!
Little Kitchie says
so fun! your cannoli looks UNbelievable!
my favorite fried food is arancini!!!
i have a few favorate fried foods:
#1 fried breaded zuccini sticks! makes a delishes side dish for a riday night meal:
#2 doughnuts (but of course)
#3 latks (yyuumm!!)
#4 fried shnitzel!
my caramel donuts!
hey this looks delicious!!!
my favorite fried food is umm well probly doughnuts 🙂
Thanks for hosting this blog party and inviting me. It must have been a lot of work.
Fried food is not on my agenda this year.
I love frank n jackets!
Thank you so much for hosting this wonderful event. I love that this recipe is so easy. No need to mess with a dough recipe. They look absolutely sinful.
awesome recipe! My favorite fried food is mozzarella cheese sticks
Paula Kelly-Bourque (@VanillaBeanBake) says
Cannoli with won ton wrappers! Brilliant. They look amazing.
My favorite fried food is grilled cheese, omg!
Yes, they are very beautiful and look utterly delicious 🙂
Fried halloumi is my weakest link….;-)
Thanks for hosting such a great event, happy to be part of it. Happy Hanukkah!
Jessie Kaufman (@JessieKPhoto) says
These look so delish!
Esther G says
oooh these look heavenly and I am going to try them tonight
Thanks for hosting the Chanukah blog party!
bracha p says
All these recipes sound mouth watering cant wait to try them!!
My favorite fried treat i had at Sushein Restaurant in NYC it was ice cream tempura OMGGG sinfully good!!! HEHE 🙂
Would love to win The new CHIC cook book;)
Fried ice cream!
All the recipe sound amazing! And the cannoli’s especially!
My favorite fried treat would have to be french fries 🙂
my favorite fried food…potato latkas!
Amelia Schmidt says
These recipes sound good, but my favorite is still a simple chocolate-cream filled doughnut! Yummy.
I love poato latkas, donuts, churros & won tons!
My favorite fried treat is beignets! Everyone should try them
French fried are my favorite fried foods!!
OMG those cannoli look so yummy! My favorite fried food is beignets (sorta like zeppoli, but from New Orleans).
My favourite fried treats are sufganiyot
looks yum! shnitzel, tempura vegetables, and apple fritters 🙂
dena @ohyoucook says
My favorite just became your cannolis!
looks yum! i love french fries and latkes, anything fried is really awesome!
I love deep fried French fries!
Be Bekesher says
Ice cream tempura!
Do French fries count? Love those!
Best fried food is jalapeno poppers. I can never have enough of them. Happy Chanukah!
My favorite fried food is falafel crusted chicken! Happy Chanukah!
Pick me!! Pretty please!!
Chavie K Adams says
Maybe falafel balls. I’m not so into frying in general but those just don’t come out right any other way. Other things substitutes work ok.
my favorite fried food is donuts! boston cream or caramel… when I was in seminary, my friends and I had a donut eating contest for the month that they are sold… I came very close to winning!
Although I’m working on being healthy and not eating fried foods, my all time favorite, and most difficult to resist, is definitely grated potato latkes.
Those cannolis look awesome! I recently had pancake poppers from Spoons in Flatbush, & they are soooo good that I will NOT make them cuz I don’t want to get fat, but they are a great once-in-a-blue-moon treat.
Tova Friedman says
Can’t wait to try these!!
Latkes–definitely my favorite fried food!
so many fried favorites!!! but one major weakness are mozerella sticks 🙂
Too many to choose, but I think I’ll go with egg rolls!
Fave fried food has to be onion rings…
OMG i need to make these or have someone make them for me….ahhhhh! so good..so good!
Schnitzel, eggrolls, doughnuts, latkes. Basically anything fried! Thanks for another chance to win!
Latkes are my favorite. Hope to win one of the cookbooks–I love trying new recipes!
Miriam-these pictures alone are making me drool.I cant wait to try this recipe.
Thanks again for inviting me to join……..
I love love love beef eggrolls!!!
Nechama merl says
Favorite fried food. Fried chicken cutlets. But enjoyed the fried food at this party. No pain no gain!
Deep Fried Ice Cream with caramel and chocolate sauce on it
Love ur recipes! Can’t wait to try the cannolis
Gluten-Free Nosh says
You had me at “Nutella Mousse.” Yum.
Thanks for hosting the blog party!
I am all for shortcuts! Very unique and creative idea, my mouth was watering as I was reading the recipe and looking at the pictures. Amazing Job!
Tzipporah kranz says
Latkes! Yum! Hope I win
Love this blog! My favorite chanukah fried food is custard donuts!
Favorite fried food? Cannolis – too bad I ouldn’t find a worthy filling recipe to make them myself so I haven’t had them since I started keeping kosher… oh wait. Haha, I’m going to have a parTAY with this. You’re all invited, but if you don’t show up, I’ll muddle through somehow and eat your cannolis for you. Looking forward to the chance to win one of these books for more ideas!
Ayelet May says
favorite fried food: sounds weird but I really love shnitzel!
Fave fried food-pizza rolls!
Couldn't Be Parve says
What a great idea to use wonton wrappers! I use them as a shortcut sometimes for kreplach but never thought to use them for canolli
fried cheese (haloumi) – especially delicious in salad 🙂
tempura sushi is a close second though
I will admit, despite living in Scotland for awhile, I could never get into fried Mars bars. Probably my favourite fried food is chicken!
I don’t know whats more my favorite, my family’s sufganiot or deep-fried breaded halloumi cheese!
Moshe statman says
My fav fried food if corn dogs !!!
Liz Rueven says
Sufganiyot! But after being seduced by your gorgeous post I may say cannoli!
Moshe Statman says
I don’t think my first post took!
My most fav is fried corn dogs !!!
Deep fried brussels sprouts. I had them for my birthday at a restaurant in Pittsburgh and I’m currently obsessed.
Potato Latkes are still number one! Nothing beats them straight out of the pan… although I am waiting to taste some funnel cakes at the party….
Latkes . . .
I love donuts!!!
These look fantastic! I’m not really a big fried-food fan, but these sound great.
Tamar Genger @joyofkosher says
These look delicious. I love Cannolis.
Happy chanukah! Tnx for all the great recipes. My favorite chanukah fried food is Jelly donuts! Since forever!
Omg you are killin me, i was about to go to bed…and than i saw this post ….*biting the screen*
churros are my favorite fried treat!
These look heavenly! I wouldn’t eat them and I could hardly make them but they’re gorgeous to dream about!
Brina Sachs Gonzalez says
These cannolis look heavenly, happy chanukah!
I love donuts.. these look so delicious too!
I love donuts!
Those cannolis look amazing…. but my favorite fried treat is doughnuts with custard filling!
idy m says
beer battered onion rings all the way!
Sarah Massry says
These look great! My favorite fried food is latkas.
I’m usually more of a savory person so I’d say egg rolls, but I can’t wait to try your funnel cakes this week!
Latkes are by far my favorite Chanukah food!
My favorite fried food is shnitzel!
You mean I’m not the only Jewish person that loves eggnog?! I will have to try those sufganiyot, thank you!
Jelly donuts- definetly!
That looks way too good. Im going to try it! Thanks for sharing
Mozzarella sticks 🙂
I love zeppolis!!
My best fried frood is FRENCH FRIES 🙂
Rachel Raymond says
I love your blog and I liked you on Facebook 🙂
devora cziment says
I love doughnuts and latkas
Love latkes, however tehy have to be thin and lacey. I have a us adress, but a canadian url.
Though I am weird and do not much like jello, I think the edible jello menorah looks so interesting, quite a creative idea.
Faigie Walter says
Fried food… not really for Chanukah, but it has got to be fried ice cream or pastrami egg rolls!
Fried foods… my favorite is definitely fried ice cream, second best is pastrami egg rolls. Not really Chanukah related, but still fried! Thanks for the wonderful opportunity, I’m loving your blog!
Mimi Andrusier says
My favorite fried food is Japanese Pizza (sushi) yumm!!!
Fay W says
I hope I win 🙂
Omg the thought of tempura sushi is making my mouth water… Please pick me for a cookbook, that’s making my mouth water even more!
Chicken nuggets! Yum!
Donuts for sure ;).
Your recipe looks amazing, any suggestions on what to substitute if you need it nut free?
Happy Chanukah my favorite fried treat is sufganiyot filled with caramel! Yum!!
Awesome giveaway I don’t have any kosher cook books at all so I would really live to win! Fave fried treat is funnel cake!
I love fried vegetables!
My fav fried food is beignets ! Yum
Sara G says
The best deep fried treats are batter dipped choc bars and oreos!!
My favorite fried treat is donuts with Israeli caramel sauce in them (the American versions just don’t taste the same!).
R. Hayman says
Thank you so much for this! What a fabulous, total, Chanukah resource!