angel-wings-khrusty1Angel Wings, known as, Khrusty, or Chrusciki, are a very popular and dainty dessert specialty found in Polish bakeries, European specialty stores, and even some grocery stores. They are very light and airy, and quite simple to make.  My granddaughter already loves these, so I make sure these are on hand when she is visiting.  This recipe makes 24-30 pieces.

Ingredients:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 Tbs. white vinegar (see TIP below)
  • 1 Tbs. sour cream
  • 1 Tbs. sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Canola oil for frying
  • Powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together to form dough smooth enough to roll out.
  2. Place your dough on a floured board, or counter top.
  3. Use a rolling pin and roll out the dough very thin, 1/8 inch thick or slightly thinner.
  4. Use pizza cutter, and cut 1 inch wide slices, then cut these into 3 inches long pieces.
  5. Make a lengthwise slid in the middle of each of the 1 x 3 inch pieces, leaving at least ¼ inch from each end.
  6. Pull one end through the slid, to form a twist.
  7. Fill a frying pan with canola oil, about 2 inches deep.
  8. Heat the oil to about 200 degrees (to test the oil, drop in one piece of dough, and if it starts to sizzle, the oil is ready).
  9. Place your angel wings in the hot oil, as many as you can fit without crowding them.
  10. Fry for one minute on one side.
  11. Turn them over (I use a fork), and fry on the other side for another minute.
  12. Using tongs, remove golden fried angel wings onto a platter lined with paper towel, to absorb any excess oil.
  13. Cool them completely.
  14. Sprinkle generously with powdered sugar on both sides.

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Angel Wings are an excellent accompaniment to a nice cup of your favorite tea.

Tip: I use 1 tsp. of vinegar and 1 tsp. of Rectified Spirit (95% alcohol).  The
alcohol evaporates during frying, but makes the dough very ligh
t.

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8 Responses

  1. suzy

    March 23rd, 2009 at 8:19 pm

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    The Angel Wings look great! I haven’t had these in a long time. I’ll have to show my 5th graders how to make these!
    Thanks for all the comments and visits,
    Keep it Sweet :)

  2. Suburban Grandma

    March 24th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    2

    I think your 5th graders are very talented in culinary arts, and this would be an easy project for them. Have fun.
    I appreciate your visits.

  3. Lori

    March 26th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    3

    I have four kids here in Delaware that I think would love these. Oh Jody’s kids, you remember him from Elkton. I also want to try the cabbage rolls and think that when I go to my sister’s for Easter I’ll make these. I’m taking off Thurs and Friday so I could surprise them with supper. Thanks so much for you details and little tricks! Much appreciated.

  4. Suburban Grandma

    March 26th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    4

    All kids seem to like Angel Wings. They are very easy and quick to make.
    Please pass on my best regards to Jody.

    The men in my family prefer the rice and meat filling for the cabbage rolls, but my favorite filling is rice and sauteed mushrooms, baked in vegetable or chicken broth, and served with mushroom gravy.
    I am sure your family will appreciate a nice dinner surprise. Happy Easter!!

  5. Val

    October 8th, 2009 at 12:22 pm

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    Where do I find rectified Spirit 95%. I would like to make them for my family. My grandma use to make them for us as kids but all her recipes were never saved by anyone.

  6. Suburban Grandma

    October 8th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    6

    I have seen it at liquor stores (I think a bottle costs $40), but because you only use such a small amount at a time, if you cork it well, it will last you for a while. I got mine as a gift from Poland.

    (My grandmother used to also use it as a rubbing alcohol on sore joints, and on her chest, when she had a cold, as well as adding a teaspoon of it to her hot tea and honey. She would also put a few drops on a cotton ball, squeeze out any excess fluid, and place a piece of the damp cotton ball it in our ears, over night, to clear up a head cold).

  7. Zosia

    August 25th, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    7

    Thanks for posting this recipe. Kids aren’t the only ones who love Khrusty. All the adults I know love them as well. Used to take them to the employee lounge lunchroom for the holiday office party and place them on the dessert table. Made two large serving platters of them (pasta machine helps); they were usually the first to go. People claim they’re addictive as they laugh and brush the powdered sugar evidence off of themselves. The only thing I do differently is omit the vinegar and use vodka. Used to use Stolichnaya but the Kirkland brand is pretty darn good and much cheaper. The alcohol cooks off so no problem. Left overs? What left overs?

  8. Suburban Grandma

    August 26th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    8

    Pasta machine sounds like a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing…I will give it a try this Christmas…
    I agree about the alcohol…My mom used to add Spiritus….which is clear 100 proof alcohol….but as you said, the alcohol evaporated during cooking, and makes the finished product light and airy.
    Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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