TikTok personality, entertainer and recipe developer Eitan Bernath is taking his recipes from the “For You Page” and putting them on your Chanukah dinner table—some assembly required.
The 19-year-old chef first appeared on Food Network's Chopped at the age of 12 and has since become an internet and culinary scene sensation. Today, he's put his innovative mind to the classic croquembouche, giving it a cultural spin and sharing the recipe with all of our readers.
“I have always loved seeing croquembouche during the holiday season, and of course, they're as delicious as they are beautiful," Bernath says, "but I've never really gotten to make one since they're traditionally made for Christmas. I decided to take the concept of the recipe, and change it to honor the traditions of Chanukah.”
The twist comes from his substitution of doughnut holes, one of his all-time favorite desserts. In his version, blueberry jam fills the inside with powdered sugar for garnish.
Bernath advises those recreating the recipe to “proof your yeast before you begin making the rest of the dough to make sure it’s alive." Additionally, make sure to invest in a deep-fry or instant-read thermometer to make at-home deep-frying easier. Lastly, constantly turn the dough while it’s frying to make perfectly even and golden brown doughnut holes.
The recipe below takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes of prep time as well as 40 minutes of cooking time, and serves six to eight people. Impress your friends and family with this festive delight!
Filling, Assembly and Garnish
Look for Bernath's Eitan Eats The World: New Comfort Classics to Cook Right Now book coming in 2022, and follow the young chef on TikTok for more good eats inspiration.
Photography by: Courtesy of Eitan Bernath