Time to cook…Paczki (Polish doughnuts)

If you are not from Poland or you don’t live in Poland then you are probably aware that tomorrow here is Fat Thursday, Paczki Day or in simple words…National Doughnut Day!  Yes, it is a religious holiday that has to do with Lent.  In Poland this day means eat a lot of doughnuts.

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Yesterday a few friends and I got together and learned how to make this tasty Polish tradition from my favorite chef here in Bydgoszcz at his restaurant.

Here is the recipe for you to learn how to make Paczki at home!  They are super easy but can be a little time-consuming.

Take 50 grams (g) of water and 250 g of milk and warm   slowly over low heat until just a bit over lukewarm.

Take 50 grams (g) of water and 250 g of milk and warm slowly over low heat until just a bit over lukewarm.

Once warm pour milk/water mixture into a small container and crumble 14 g yeast and mix and set aside.  They fresh yeast but if you use "active dry" yeast then use 2 1/2 tsp.

Once warm pour milk/water mixture into a small container and crumble 14 g yeast and mix and set aside. They use fresh yeast here in Poland but if you use “active dry” yeast then use 2 1/2 tsp.

Melt 50 g butter.

Melt 50 g butter.

Take 75 g of sugar and mix with liquid mixture.

Take 75 g of sugar and mix with liquid mixture.

In mixer mix 1 egg and 75 g of sugar.

In mixer mix 1 egg and 75 g of sugar.

Mix together till a pale yellow/white.

Mix together till a pale yellow/white.

Now add liquid mixture with egg mixture.

Now add liquid mixture with egg mixture.

Add melted butter.  Then add 1 Tbsp of spirit or other strong alcohol to mix. Now way add a little bit of alchol?  This will help keep the greasy from absorbing into the doughnut when it is frying.

Add melted butter. Then add 1 Tbsp of spirit or other strong alcohol to mix. Now why add a bit of alcohol? This will help keep the grease from absorbing into the doughnut when it is frying.

Next, add 400 g of flour (500 type or all purpose) to liquid slowly.

Next, add 400 g of flour (500 type or all-purpose) to liquid slowly.

If you have a dough attachment for your mixer it would make it much easier.  Mix together for about 5 minutes.

If you have a dough attachment for your mixer it would make it easier. Mix together for about 5 minutes.

If the dough is still sticky then more flour slow as to not to add to much as it would make the dough tough.

If the dough is still sticky then more flour slow as to not to add to much as it would make the dough tough.

When the dough has a slight stretch then it is done!

When the dough has a slight stretch then it is done!

Let the dough rise for about an hour or till double in size in a warm area.

Let the dough rise for about an hour or till double in size in a warm area.

The dough is ready!

The dough is ready!

Take bit bigger than a golf ball size piece of dough and roll into a ball.

Take bit bigger than a golf ball size piece of dough and roll into a ball.

For a true Paczki then slightly flatten ball onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

For a true Paczki then slightly flatten ball on to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

For a typical doughnut or one that you aren't going to fill take a small circular to cut out hole in the middle.

For a typical doughnut or one that you aren’t going to fill take a small circular to cut out hole in the middle.  Remove dough from middle.

One pan ready!  Now let rise again until about  double in size.

One pan ready! Now let rise again until about double in size.

These are ready to be fried!

These are ready to be fried!

In a deep pan add sunflower oil and heat til hot.

In a deep pan add sunflower oil and heat till hot.

Carefully lift doughnuts off the paper as to not to deflate the raised doughnut.

Carefully lift doughnuts off the paper as to not to deflate the raised doughnut.

Once oil is hot then slowly add doughnut.

Once oil is hot then slowly add doughnut.

When lightly golden flip doughnut over to fry the other side.

When lightly golden flip doughnut over to fry the other side.

These 3 are done!

These 3 are done!

You can see here we over cooked a few of them.

You can see here we over cooked a few of them.

Here we are cooking Paczki or a doughnut to be filled.

Here we are cooking Paczki or a doughnut to be filled with jam, jelly or pudding.

Now comes the best part...sprinkle powered sugar on top!

Now comes the best part…sprinkle powered sugar on top!

Or is this the part...it is time to eat them!

Or is this the part…it is time to eat them!

 Are these not super easy to make and look good?  So guess what me and the kids will be making tomorrow?  After school tomorrow we are making these and I can’t wait!

What is your favorite type of doughnut?  I am a sucker for a Maple frosting ones!!

love kelley
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9 Responses to Time to cook…Paczki (Polish doughnuts)

  1. Dale Borkowski says:

    Hi…. Wow just came across your blog and love it ! I have married a polish chap but live here is South Africa. We may have an opportunity to move to Poland but nothing concrete yet ! I just loved the post about your daughter being placed into a Polish school as I have a 7 year old and was wandering if we did move would she cope as the area we would have to go to is more farm style living rather that city Warsaw living…… so your post gave me hope that she would cope ! WOW so interesting. Poland is beautiful … Me and Hubby went on holiday there ! Life just looks so beautiful there and COLD ! thanks for the great stories and posts.

  2. Dale Borkowski says:

    Hello….. Thanks for the reply….. I actually do have a couple questions….. so how long did it take “E” to learn Polish ? how do you do homework with her ? although my hubby speaks Polish, me and my daughter don’t speak it at all. And I have to say learning languages does not come all that easy. Have you found your experience in Poland so far very rewarding ? have you been accepted as a non Polish speaking person ? Are the Polish people in general friendly and helpful ? I do hope so as my personality is a very outgoing type and therefore I am hoping should this move come about that me and my family will be able to settle. My husband still has family in Warsaw so I suppose that helps. Anyway would you say your daughter is coping and loving life in her polish school ? I am assuming she made friends easily ? thank you again for such a heartfelt blog !

  3. Adam says:

    Pączek has no hole! Original ones only without holes! :D
    How many doughnuts did you eat at the Fat Thursday?

    • We made them both ways. Just that the hole in the middle ones photographed much better. I only ate 2 as I am on a diet. But the question is for you since you are Polish, what is the best jam for the filling? I am a rose jam fan!

  4. Rose says:

    Looks good!

  5. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    National Donut Day, I love it. These look like they take a little work but they look wonderful. I may try this reipe when I have a full day to myself. Thank you for sharing

  6. katie h says:

    These look delicious! definitely worth all the work!

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