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.
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.
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.
Take 75 g of sugar and mix with liquid mixture.
In mixer mix 1 egg and 75 g of sugar.
Mix together till a pale yellow/white.
Now add liquid mixture with egg mixture.
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.
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.
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.
The dough is ready!
Take bit bigger than a golf ball size piece of dough and roll into a ball.
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. Remove dough from middle.
One pan ready! Now let rise again until about double in size.
These are ready to be fried!
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.
Once oil is hot then slowly add doughnut.
When lightly golden flip doughnut over to fry the other side.
These 3 are done!
You can see here we over cooked a few of them.
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!
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!!