It may be true. We found the best ones.

By Esti Waldman of Between Carpools

A donut is a donut. Some are better than others, but they’re pretty much all awesome.

So, when my son came home from yeshiva raving about the donuts the cook made, I paid attention. This guy is not a foodie. He can take or leave almost anything. If he says the donuts are the best, they have to be more than just good. He went back to yeshiva the next day with instructions to try and get the recipe from the cook. And Chef Naftali was gracious enough to share it with all of us here at Between Carpools and the recipe passed our taste test with flying colors! Thank you Chef Naftali!


  • 2 ¼ teaspoon dry yeast
  • 1 ½ cup warm water
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 cups flour
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar
  • 1 (4 ounce) stick margarine
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Oil, for frying


  1. Place dry yeast into a large bowl or mixer bowl. Add warm water and some of the sugar. Let bubble. Add remaining ingredients. Mix until very well combined.
  2. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into uniform balls. Weigh the pieces on a digital scale so you know they’re exactly the same size (30 grams is a good size for minis; 60 grams for regular). It helps to spray your hands with nonstick cooking spray or wear gloves.
    Place each doughnut ball onto its own square of parchment paper (do not use wax paper!). Cover loosely and let rise for 1 ½ hours.
  3. Deep fry donuts for 3-4 minutes, flipping halfway through. Drain on paper towels and dust with confectioners’ sugar
    (or fill them as you like!)

About Us:
Between Carpools is the lifestyle app/site for the busy Jewish woman.  You’ll find home and organizing tips, parenting insights, activities, how-to’s and DIYs, and of course, entertaining ideas, recipes, and inspiring reads. The APP is available at the App Store and Google Play. If you have a kosher smartphone, you can visit your local TAG office to have the app downloaded. Enjoy!  Victoria Dwek, Leah Schapira, Renee Muller, Shaindy Menzer, & Esti Waldman