Easy Paczki (Quick Donuts)I love homemade donuts, especially those made from a Ukrainian or Polish recipe, since it reminds me of my mom’s heaping plate of these, for special occasions, or weekends.

If you ever had homemade donuts, you will agree that they are absolutely delicious!!

Since donuts are made from yeast raised dough, it normally is a long process, due to the waiting time it takes for the dough to rise.  However I came across a super website  about Eastern European Foods, by Barbara Rolek, and spotted a video on how to make homemade donuts, or Paczki, as they are known in Polish, or Pampushky – in Ukrainian.

The whole process seemed very quick and simple, since the recipe is for only about 12 donuts, so I copied the recipe and gave it a try.

My family really enjoyed these donuts, however I was told that next time I should at least triple this recipe.

You can watch the video for the technique and ingredients, but I will also share these with you for your convenience.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbs sugar
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • ½ cup warm milk (warmed in the microwave to 110°)
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 tsp dry yeast
  • 2 cups (about) flour
  • Oil for frying (about 2 cups)
  • Powdered sugar (for dusting the cooled donuts)

Directions:
(I would suggest for you to watch the video first, and then follow my instructions, if needed)

  1. In a mixing bowl add the butter, sugar, warm milk, and vanilla.
  2. Whisk to combine.
  3. Sprinkle the yeast over the mixture, and whisk in.
  4. Gradually keep adding the flour, while whisking it in.
  5. Place the dough on a floured work area, add little more flour, and knead for about 5 minutes to form soft dough.
  6. Place the ball of dough in a bowl.
  7. Cover with a kitchen towel, and keep in a warm place for about 1 ½ hours, or until it doubles in bulk.
  8. Remove on a floured work area, and roll out to about ½ inch thickness.
  9. Using a donuts cutter, cut out 12 donuts.
  10. Form a couple more donuts, from the remaining dough.
  11. Place cut out donuts on a floured surface (I placed them on a floured kitchen towel).
  12. Keep them in a warm place for about 1/2 hour, to rise again.
  13. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan to 350°.
  14. Place enough donuts to fill the pan, but do not overcrowd them.
  15. Fry each batch for about 2 minutes on each side. (I think I fried mine for about 1 ½ minutes on each side, since they were browning pretty fast).
  16. With a slotted spoon, remove from oil, unto a wire rack (I placed mine on a plate lined with a paper towel).
  17. Cool for about 15 minutes.
  18. You can fill them with jam, or enjoy them plain (my family wanted them plain this time).
  19. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, or leave them plain, as the are equally delicious.

I can’t wait of find out if you tried making these, and to tell me how truly easy it is to whip these up from scratch.

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2 Responses

  1. Suzy

    April 21st, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    1

    As you know…..we lo-o-o-ove our donuts here in our house too! Pazcki rolled in cinnamon sugar are my favorite, no filling.
    Glad you had fun making these. The frying part is the messiest.

  2. Suburban Grandma

    April 22nd, 2010 at 6:01 am

    2

    We all love them too.
    My aunt rolls her paczki in brown sugar, and those are tasty as well.


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