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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Humphry Slocombe's Sufganiyot Sundae Lit Us Up Like a Menorah

Posted By on Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 10:19 AM

click to enlarge A Dynamo doughnut filled with Meyer lemon jelly, topped with Manischewitz sorbet and drizzled with honey. - ALEX HOCHMAN
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  • A Dynamo doughnut filled with Meyer lemon jelly, topped with Manischewitz sorbet and drizzled with honey.

We were less than enthused when we heard that Humphry Slocombe and Dynamo Donut were planning a sundae mashup called the sufganiyot (Hebrew for jelly doughnut). Yes, the jelly doughnut is the Hanukkah desert of choice, since latkes aren't fried enough, but a jelly doughnut ice cream concoction? It felt forced. Plus the sundae wouldn't be available until the seventh day, when we'd surely be beyond sick of all Hanukkah foods.

Wow, were we wrong. Yesterday we polished off our sufganiyot sundae and fast, hoarding bites from our 10-year-old companion. Face-puckeringly sour Meyer lemon jelly filled the doughnut, the foundation for a scoop of Manischewitz sorbet (gotta love Humphry Slocombe) drizzled with roasted honey and chopped walnuts. The sorbet had a mild grape flavor, like grape Bubble Yum after a few minutes of vigorous chewing, a much-needed palate cleanser built right in. The honey ― surprisingly enough the least sweet thing in the bowl ― mellowed things out. Dare we call it a Hanukkah miracle?

Humphry Slocombe: 2790 Harrison (at 24th St.), 550-6971; call to make sure the sufganiyot sundae hasn't sold out.

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