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Recipe Series: Easy Recipe for Polish Donuts - The Grandkids' Favorite (this article is a Rising Star Winner!)

Updated on December 26, 2015

My Grandmother's Donuts

My grandmother was a wonderful woman - the best person I have ever known, who unfortunately (especially for my grandpa) completely didn't have a hand for cooking or baking.This doesn't mean, however, that her lack of culinary talent discouraged her even a little bit. From time to time, she baked us a cake on Sunday. It's always the same, and always a slack-baked cake. Hard as a rock. My father used to say that you could kill someone with it.

But, believe it or not, I loved this cake, and I was the only one who ate it - every single time! And if someone asked what's my favorite food, the answer was always the same: my grandma's slack-baked cake! Now I wonder if I really enjoyed my grandmother's baked goods, or if I just didn't want to upset her ...

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With that being said, my grandmother surprisingly had one culinary specialty, that was just great and unbeatable! Homemade donuts. Everybody actually called them "Kisses". Why? Don't ask me! All I know, they are fantastic! Heaven in your mouth! Sometimes I helped shaping the dough. It was always a lot of fun! After donuts were fried and ready, grandma always divided them for all of us, grand kids, in separate bowls, so we wouldn't fight. Trust me, the kisses were worth fighting for!
Years later my cousin and I decided to try the recipe. They came out great. We even invited friends over, and everyone enjoyed our donuts very much.

Here is the recipe - very easy! If we could do it, you can too!

- 1 lb farmers cheese

- 3 eggs

- 3 tablespoons of sour cream

- 3 tablespoons of sugar

- 1 pack of vanilla sugar

- 1 teaspoon baking soda

- 4 cups of flour

- 1 tablespoon of vinegar

- vegetable oil for frying

Crush farmers cheese well with a fork, add the remaining ingredients, and, when it comes to flour, start with 3 cups, and leave 1 cup for dusting the dough. Work the dough with your hands. That's the least fun part, since It will be quite sticky, so you have to dust it with the remaining cup of flour. Keep adding it slowly until the dough stops sticking to your hands. Then roll out the dough and cut out circles with a medium size coffee cup, and then use a shot glass to cut smaller circles in the middle of the large circles. Almost done - your donuts are ready to be thrown into a deep hot oil! Fry them on both sides, drain the fat on a paper towel, and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Enjoy! :-) Kids especially love the little bite-size kisses (cut out of the large "kisses").

© 2012 Aga


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      Aga 4 years ago

      I always used farmer's cheese, and it is available in stores. I did have some czarnina, when I was a kid. When I told my husband, he couldn't belive I would eat something like that :-)

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      caseymel 4 years ago from Indiana

      I love freshly made doughnuts! Is there a substitute for farmers cheese or is it called something else? I don't know if I have ever seen it at the store before. My Dad's side is Polish. This looks much tastier than the czernina we use to eat as kids! (-:

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Thanks Vacation Trip! Please, let me know if you ever try to make them!

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      I love eating Donuts and your recipe sounds yummy. Thank you for sharing. Voted up.

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Thank you, thank you, thank you :-) These are real yummy, and taste even better, because bring a memory of my grandma! I am glad you enjoyed Krakow, it is one of the greatest cities in Poland.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Monis Mas,

      I love doughnuts so how great to see a homemade recipe for these mouthwatering, melt in the mouth sweets that are mt secret pleasures! Love that this was your grandma's recipe and a family tradition you keep going! I have been to Krakow in Poland and loved the people and the place. Great job, votes, shared and pinned!

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      Aga 5 years ago

      Dear Bill, I am Polish, and I am sure I don't know enough about polish dishes :-). Thank you for your comment!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've never even heard of polish donuts. Shows you how little I know. I'll have to try this recipe. Thank you my friend.

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      Aga 5 years ago

      Absolutely! I am glad you like it! Homemade stuff are so much better than store-bought :-)

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      peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I love doughnuts. I usually buy them from roadside stalls and food stalls. Cost around $1 for 3 pieces. Now i can save money and make them for snacks. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

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      Aga 5 years ago

      travel man71, you are so welcome! I hope you and your guests will enjoy it!

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      I am comparing my ingredients with yours because I plan to make doughnuts on board ship this Christmas (2012) and you fit in.

      Thank you for sharing!

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      Aga 5 years ago

      Thank you, Lileyth! My grandmother is not with us anymore, but her recipe will last forever!

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Definitely bookmarking your donuts! If your grandma made them, they MUST be good. Sharing!