Fat Thursday

Fat Thursday is today. Yes- in Poland we don’t have Fat Tuesday, but Fat Thursday. On this last Thursday before lent, sweets are our world. And out of all sweets, paczki make biggest statement. Paczki look a bit (I guess a lot) like donuts. And at this time of the year you can find those pastries in Walmart, Publix…but believe me-taste nothing like real Polish, home made paczki.

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Try to make batch :    

  • 600 g of wheat flour + a few tablespoons for dusting
  • 3 small eggs
  • 100 g butter, melted
  • 70 g sugar with real vanilla
  • half a teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons rum
  • 250 ml lukewarm milk
  • 20 g of fresh yeast and dry yeast 10 g
  • frying oil
  • jam or cream pudding, stuffing, nutella (my mom makes her own – plum preserves- that is the best thing)

Sift flour, mix with dry yeast (from fresh to do first solution ). Add remaining ingredients and mix, adding at the end of the dissolved fat. Knead a few minutes, until dough is smooth and soft (try not to add flour, although the dough is slightly sticky).Knead recommend a mixer with a dough hook or machine baking bread.

The kneaded dough form into a ball, put it in a lightly floured bowl, cover and set aside in a warm place until double in volume (about 1.5 h).

After this time, remove the dough with flour sprinkled on top. Roll out to a thickness of about 1 – 1.3 cm and a glass having a diameter of 6.5 – 7 cm cut out donuts. Put them on a floured cookie sheet to double in volume (should be very puffy, but not oversized).

You can also form dough balls that instantly fill with jam

After rising to fry the donuts in oil heated to a temperature of 175 ° C, few minutes on each side. The oil temperature should not be too high, because the donuts quickly browned on the outside and inside will be raw.

After frying put on tissue paper to drain. Stuff with jam or cream, if you have not done this before.

Still warm to ice or powder.

Frosting:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons hot water

Stir powdered sugar with water until smooth. Adjust density of icing by the addition of water or sugar.

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Fat Thursday

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