Sunday, August 29, 2010

Poland - Paczki

Paczki are basically Polish doughnuts. They come with all kinds of fillings but I decided just to attempt plain ones to start with.

Ingredients:

* 1 packet of dry yeast
* 1/4 cup of warm water
* 1/3 cup of softened butter
* 2/3 cup of sugar (plus more for coating)
* 1 egg
* 3 egg yolks
* 1 tbls of brandy
* 3/4 tsp salt
* 3 1/2 cups of flour
* pinch of nutmeg
* oil for frying



Dissolve the yeast in the warm water and set aside.



Cream the softened butter and sugar together.



Add the egg then the egg yolks one at a time, mixing well each time until you have a smooth creamy mixture.



Add the brandy, yeast, nutmeg and salt. Then slowly start to add the flour and mix until the dough isn't sticky. It might use more flour than stated but keep adding it until the consistency is right.



Knead the dough for 10 minutes then leave it to rise in a warm place for an hour or so.



Gently flatten the dough on a floured surface and cut into rounds.



Leave the rounds to rise for another 30-40 minutes.



Deep fry the paczki in oil until browned, this usually takes 2-3 minutes.



Sprinkle with sugar.



And then serve while still warm.



They were really delicious! I was displeased that mine didn't seem to expand any as they were cooked but just retained the shape of the cutter. So they could've been more aesthetically pleasing. But still, the inside was light and doughnuty and the outside was lovely and crispy. The nutmeg gave them a lovely flavour. I'll definitely be making these again for my kids to try.

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