sufganiyot aka traditional Hanukkah donuts...
Sunday night we were indulging a craving for Di Fara's and as we waited for Dom to make our pies, I ran across the street to Isaac's Bake Shop for a little dessert. I was intending to get a chocolate babka, but when I saw these beauties in the window, I couldn't resist picking up an assortment of donuts.
We tried the raspberry jelly filled, custard filled, and caramel filled sufganiyot as well as the plain cinnamon sugar. The were all soft and delicious, but the caramel was the dark horse favorite. It had just the right amount of sweetness and wasn't at all cloying. The chocolate drizzled, custard filled one (a Boston Cream sufganiyot, if you will) was also quite good, though it could use some more chocolate. The lady behind me in line had the right idea when she asked the baker to give her the ones with the most chocolate on top.
The gentleman behind the counter told me that they only have the doughnuts at Hanukkah (or if there is a special order), so you'd best get yourself over to Avenue J.
Isaac's Bake Shop
1419 Avenue J
Brooklyn, NY 11230