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Divine Hanukkah desserts to sweeten the Festival of Lights

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Hanukkah is looming. Do you have time to make latkes? What would be a special dessert treat for the kids? Anyone have a recipe for sufganiyot?

Or, you can take the easier way out and let someone else be in charge of supplying your Hanukkah goodies. What follows is a list of local places that can help:

  • Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream, 4400 Manchester, Ave., Suite A, in the Grove is featuring jelly doughnut (sufganiyot) ice cream ($9.50 for a pint) and Hanukkah bon bons in four flavors: vanilla, chocolate, coffee and cinnamon. $20 for a dozen, three of each flavor. Call ahead for the bon bons: 314-833-3800.
  • Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Hanukkah-inspired ice cream flavors “aim to capture the essence of traditional dishes in a frozen, indulgent treat.” Sweet Noodle Kugel is a cream cheese custard with toasted cinnamon, baked egg noodles and currants. Sour Cream Apple Latkeis a sweet cream ice cream with homemade potato latke and a ribbon of sweetened baked apple. Both flavors are available at Clementine’s locations; a pint of either goes for $12.
  • Daylight Donuts, 155 Hilltown Village Center in Chesterfield, is offering six of its hand-filled jelly doughnuts in cinnamon sugar, powered sugar or glazed for $5.99. Jelly-filled doughnuts and ones in Hanukkah shapes are also available. Order online at daylightdonuts-stl.com or call 636-489-3732.
  • Baker extraordinaire Miriam Schwab of Sprinkles is back in action for Hanukkah, preparing latkes ($2.50/12 for $25), homemade applesauce ($8 a pound), Hanukkah-theme cookies ($18 a pound) and sufganiyot (parve) filled with raspberry jelly or butterscotch cream ($3 each/12 for $30). Text to place an order at 561-542-4923.
  • Ahuva Eliefja has assembled DIY Hanukkah cookie decorating boxes that can easily be picked up from her University City home. Each box comes with six sugar cookies in Hanukkah-related shapes (dreidel, Star of David and menorah), three packages of different color frosting, sprinkles and chocolate chips, and retails for $20. She also sells homemade hot cocoa bombs for $3; those need 24 hours advanced notice. Eliefja keeps a kosher home but is not VAAD certified. You can email her at [email protected].
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Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-Chief
A native of Westbury, New York, Ellen Futterman broke into the world of big city journalism as a general assignment reporter for the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner in the latter part of the 20th century. Deciding that Tinsel Town was not exciting enough for her, she moved on to that hub of glamour and sophistication, Belleville, Ill., where she became a feature writer, columnist and food editor for the Belleville News-Democrat. A year later the St. Louis Post-Dispatch scooped her up, neither guessing at the full range of her talents, nor the extent of her shoe collection. She went on to work at the Post-Dispatch for 25 years, during which time she covered hard news, education, features, investigative projects, profiles, sports, entertainment, fashion, interiors, business, travel and movies. She won numerous major local and national awards for her reporting on "Women Who Kill" and on a four-part series about teen-age pregnancy, 'Children Having Children.'" Among her many jobs at the newspaper, Ellen was a columnist for three years, Arts and Entertainment Editor, Critic-at-large and Daily Features (Everyday) Editor. She invented two sections from scratch, one of which recently morphed from Get Out, begun in 1995, to GO. In January of 2009, Ellen joined the St. Louis Jewish Light as its editor, where she is responsible for overseeing editorial operations, including managing both staff members and freelancers. Under her tutelage, the Light has won 16 Rockower Awards — considered the Jewish Pulitzer’s — including two personally for Excellence in Commentary for her weekly News & Schmooze column. She also is the communications content editor for the Arts and Education Council of St. Louis. Ellen and her husband, Jeff Burkett, a middle school principal, live in Olivette and have three children. Ellen can be reached at 314-743-3669 or at [email protected].