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Paczki - Fat Tuesday polish donut Recipe
 
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Paczki - Fat Tuesday polish donut
Flavours of Poland
Total time: more than 2 hours

Prep. time: 30 minutes
Rising time: A few hours in several steps
Cooking time: 30 minutes

 
Difficulty: Easy
Chef's Note

For hundreds of years in Poland, people have been celebrating the arrival of Lent by making Paczki (Punch-key). These delicious, jelly filled dough balls are made from the finest ingredients and are covered with several types of sugar or glaze. For Fat Tuesday (Ostatki), the day before Ash Wednesday, the bakers make paczki because they are going to fast for 40 days and they want to use up the ingredients.

Their German neighbors call them Berliner and their Austrian friends, Krapfen

Pączki may also be fried in oil, but lard produces the tastiest results.

If you are cutting down on animal fats, you can compromise by using a lard and oil combination.

Note: If using electric fryer, set temp. at 185-190 °C / 360-375°F. If frying in stove-top pan and fat begins to burn, add several slices of peeled raw potato which will both lower the temperature and absorb the burnt flavor. 

Ingredients
Pour 26-27 beignets

Dough
- 250 ml / 1 cup likewarm milk
- 1 pouch baker's yeast 8 g

- 500 g white flour
- 1 whole egg + 3 to 4 egg yolks
- 50 g sugar + 1 pouch vanilla sugar or 100 g powdered sugar
- 50 g melted butter
- 1 pinch of salt
- lard or vegetable oïl for frying

- Garnish
- rose-hip preserve, cherry preserve or other thick jam

- Finishing
- icing sugar, sugar

Method

Dough

  1. Dissolve baker's yeast in lukewarm milk.
  2. Sift flour in a bowl.
  3. Add dissolved yeast ; mix gently.
  4. Add egg yolks and whole egg, sugar  melted butter and salt. Mix until fluffy.
  5. Knead well until dough is smooth and it no longer clings to hands and bowl and air blisters appear.
  6. Cover with cloth and let rise in warm place until doubled.
  7. Punch dough down and let it rise again.
  8. Transfer dough to floured board, sprinkle top with flour, and roll out about 1.25 cm / 1/2” inch thick.
  9. With glass or biscuit-cutter, cut into rounds. Arrange on floured board and proceed in either of the following ways:

Small Paczki

  1. Place a spoonful of fruit filling off center on each round.
  2. Raise edges of dough and pinch together over filling.
  3. Roll between palms snowball fashion to form balls.
  4. Let rise in warm place until doubled.

Large Paczki

  1. Place a spoonful of fruit filling as above on only 1/2 dough rounds.
  2. Cover each with another round, pinch edges together.
  3. Roll between palms to form a ball.
  4. Let rise until doubled in warm, draft-free place.

Cooking

  1. Heat lard or vegetable oïl in deep pan so pączki can float freely during frying. It is hot enough when a small piece of dough dropped into hot fat immediately floats up.
  2. Fry pączki under cover without crowding several minutes until nicely golden on bottom, then turn over and fry uncovered on other side another 3 minutes or so.
  3. Transfer fried pączki to absorbent paper and set aside to cool.
  4. When cool, dust generously with powdered sugar, glaze or icing.
 
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