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Recipe for Paczki
Recipe for Paczki
Paczki are a delicious doughnut-like pastry from Poland. Traditionally, paczki are made to celebrate Fat Thursday, the last Thursday before Ash Wednesday.
In American Polish communities, Paczki Day is held on Fat Tuesday.
Paczki are best eaten fresh, in large quantities. I also recommend trying a variety of different fillings in them.
Oh, did I forget to say they were filled? Mmm. They are very much like a jelly doughnut, but the dough is richer. And Polish.
They are usually filled when purchased from a bakery. I suggest lemon, Bavarian cream, or blueberry. My husband prefers the prune, apple, or Holland Cream. I should say, that if you make them yourself, it is best to eat them with just a dusting of sugar while they are still warm.
This page has a recipe for making paczki, a how to video from YouTube, and many humorous anecdotes from me.
Recipe for Paczki
An Easy Paczki Recipe
If you have ever made doughnuts or bread before, this recipe for paczki should be a snap. If this is your first time, I suggest watching the YouTube video below before trying the recipe. It is slightly different, but you should get a good idea of how it will go.
2 Tbs sugar
2 Tbs room temperature butter
Â½ cup warm milk - Warm to 110 degrees. Check with candy thermometer.
Â¼ tsp genuine vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
2 large eggs
1 tsp dry yeast
2 cups flour + flour for rolling out dough
Oil for frying (about 2 cups - Canola recommended)
Either glaze, sugar, or powdered sugar for the outside
1. Whisk together the sugar, butter, warm milk, vanilla, and salt in a mixing bowl. Then carefully break in the eggs and whisk them in. Breathe deeply while doing this. It smells delicious!
2. Sprinkle the dry yeast into the bowl. Whisk it in gently. Sing a Disney tune for good luck.
3. Begin adding the flour a bit at a time. Stir it in with a wooden spoon until it is all mixed in. Dough should not be wet. You can add a LITTLE bit of flour if needed.
4. Sprinkle flour on your pastry board (or clean counter), and transfer the dough to it. Then add a bit of flour over the top of the dough ball.
5. Knead the dough gently until it is soft and pulling away from your hands.
6. Place dough ball in a lightly greased bowl.
7. Cover and let it rise in a warm place, out of drafts, for about 1.5 hours. Turn your oven on for awhile if necessary to warm the kitchen up. The dough should double in size by then. If it does sooner, you can continue. If it doesn't double in 1.5 you can give it some more time. If it fails to rise you probably had old/dead yeast, too hot of milk, or not a warm enough place for the dough to rise.
8. Place your dough on your floured pastry board and get out your rolling pin.
9. Strike a pose with that pin! Roll out the dough to about 1/2 inch. Have a little flour handy if needed to keep the dough from sticking to the rolling pin. Strike another pose!
10. Use a floured cookie cutter, glass, Mason jar, etc to cut out as many round shapes as possible. This recipe should make about a dozen. This could depend on the size of the cutter you used.
11. Flour a cookie sheet, or other flat surface, and lay your dough rounds on it. Put them in a warm place and give them about half an hour to rise.
12. Heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan. My grandmother used a deep fryer, but I don't have one.
13. Place as many dough rounds as will fit in your pan, but do not crowd them together so they are touching or squishing each other.
14. It should only take about 1.5-2 minutes to brown each side. Flip them gently with tongs or a spatula. It is easy to burn them so don't get distracted!
15. Gently lift each paczki out and place it somewhere to cool down. I think a wire rack, followed by a rest on a paper towel covered plate (to blot excess oil) works best.
16. Let them cool about 10-15 minutes. You can then sprinkle them with powdered sugar, regular sugar, or drizzle them in honey or glaze. Or just eat them while still warm.
17. If you didn't eat them in the previous step, eat them now. Do not share with anyone!
*If reading these directions made you want to cry, just watch the video below. Seeing it being done is so helpful!
How To Make Paczki Video - Easy Paczki Recipe
This guy makes it look so easy! Maybe you should ignore my 17 steps and just do what he does :) He also shows how to fill them after you fry them if you want to go that route.
Paczki Making Supplies
Need some kitchen basics to do the paczki recipe? Check out the links below!
I have a soft spot for stuffed toys and these PACZKI Plush are adorable. Embrace your love of paczki and get one!
Going Donuts for Paczki: Easy and Delicious Family Recipes
Make your own scrumptious paczki with the help of this great book. It contains everything you need to know to whip up a batch of these great Polish doughnuts. The book also contains the history of the pastry and gives you ideas on creating a paczki tradition in your own family.
Do not ask/tell about me about calories! I don't want to know.