Paczki Polish Donut Recipe
How to make Polish donuts or Paczki with video.
This recipe makes about 10 Paczki. The number depends on how thick you roll the dough and how large a cutter you use.
It is best to watch the video to fully understand the process. The video is below this text version of the recipe.
Combine 2 tbsp sugar, 2 tbsp melted butter, 1/4 tsp salt with 1/2 cup warm milk.
Measure 2 1/2 cups flour.
Add 1 pkg dry yeast or 10 grams fresh yeast to 1/4 cup warm water and dissolve.
Put 1/2 the flour in a mixing bowl and add the dissolved yeast. Combine.
Add the remaining flour and then add the warm milk mixture and one very large egg or two small eggs.
Add vanilla and rum, brandy or flavor. Add amount to taste.
Mix and knead dough about 5 minutes.
The dough will be rather wet. Add flour as necessary to make it so you can handle it but not enough to make it very stiff.
Allow to rise until double in bulk. Pat it down and allow it to rise a second time.
Roll out to about 1/2 inch thick.
Cut circles with a biscuit cutter.
Allow to rise about 30 minutes.
Fry in deep fat at 350 degree Fahrenheit for two minutes per side.
Cool on a rack and fill with jelly.
Cover with powdered sugar or with paczki icing.
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The average Pole eats 2 ½ paczki on Fat Thursday. That means about 100 million Polish Donuts, Paczki, were eaten in Poland yesterday. The Polish people added 50 billion calories to their waste lines and trailing posteriors. Eating 10 of the lard fried calorie bombs is not uncommon.
Paczki are deep fried donuts that are filled with jam or other sweet filling. A traditional filling is rose bud marmalade. They are covered with sugar icing and/or fried orange zest.
Traditionally they were made to rid a house of lard, sugar and fruit, all of which are forbidden during the Roman Catholic days of Lent.
In modern Poland, you find mountains of them for sale on street corners, in small shops and any other place someone can fit them.
No office is immune from a pile of Paczki being the talking point of the day.
Poles spent between 100 and 150 million zloty on Paczki yesterday.
They stimulated the economy. And as they go to the fitness centers to try to undo the damage, they will stimulate it some more.
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