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New York, December 15, 2011
– EL AL, Israel’s national airline, is once again bringing Hannukah to passengers by serving traditional holiday treats in-flight.  An estimated 1,450 potatoes, 6,700 ounces of raspberry jam, and 70 cups of cinnamon will be used to prepare festive sufganiot (jelly donuts) and latkes (potato pancakes) that will be served on flights from New York (JFK & Newark) to Tel Aviv.  These treats will also be offered in most EL AL King David premium class lounges throughout the world, in addition to the selection of snacks that are usually available.

To make sufganiot and traditional latkes at home, follow the easy and tasty EL AL recipes below, created by Executive Chef Steven Weintraub of Borenstein Caterers (a subsidiary of EL AL). Borenstein offers healthy, freshly prepared in-flight kosher meal options to all passengers traveling from New York (JFK & Newark).

1 cup warm water
1 cup sugar
4 oz melted shortening (not too hot)
1 dozen eggs
2 tbsp baking powder
All-purpose flour as necessary to give dough a bread-roll consistency
24 oz raspberry jam
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cinnamon

Combine yeast, water, sugar, shortening, eggs, baking powder and flour.  Roll into donut hole-size balls. Set over warm stove and allow to rise and double in size.  Fry donuts in hot oil until golden brown. Remove from grease and cool partially on wire rack.  Fill with raspberry jam using a spiked pastry bag. Roll donuts in cinnamon-sugar. Cool at room temperature. Makes about 3 ½ dozen.

5 raw, peeled, shredded Idaho potatoes
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 diced small Spanish onion
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 diced red pepper
1/8 tsp ground white pepper
1/4 cup flour
1 cup canola oil
1 egg (beaten)

Sauté onions and red pepper in 2 tbsp in oil. Add shredded potatoes; quickly sauté and blend. Remove from heat and add flour, egg, baking powder, salt and pepper. Blend well. Heat skillet and add remainder of oil. Drop a ¼ cup of mixture in a skillet. Form round pancakes and fry until golden brown on each side. Makes about 2 dozen.

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Join the EL AL Matmid Frequent Flyer Club to earn bonus tickets and upgrades to premium classes, priority seat selection and other exclusive member-only deals. Matmid Members have the opportunity to enroll for free in the EL AL GlobaLY program, whereby EL AL is donating the equivalent of 5% of earned points to charitable organizations: Taglit/Birthright, The Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Israel, helping to bring deserving individuals from around the world to Israel.

Publish Date 20/12/2011