February 16, 2015

Homemade Paczki

Two years ago, I went on a doughnut adventure on Fat Tuesday that forever changed my life because my eyes were opened to the delicious Polish Mardi Gras treat: the paczki. 

It was a delicious fried treat that was filled with a tasty raspberry filling. You're probably all thinking, it's just a jelly doughnut but somehow it was more than that. I suppose there are no words to describe how wonderful it was. You're just going to have to trust me. 
Last year, the establishment that served me the paczki had closed down and I was left with a disappointing replacement. This year, I decided I would try my hand at making paczki in my own kitchen. 

I've never made doughnuts before but I noticed that immediately after these guys cooled down, they got so stale. So those few bites I ate after I took the doughnuts out of the hot oil were pretty delicious. But cooled and glazed, they probably taste worse than last year's paczki. 
But if you're curious like me, try making a small batch and serve immediately! 

And I have a lead on where to get paczki tomorrow for Fat Tuesday here in St. Pete. Keeping my fingers crossed for the local Publix for my paczki fix! 

Homemade Paczki
  • use this recipe from Serious Eats
  • you can use a fruit preserve of your choice or make this prune filling like I did. 
  • I tried baking a couple of the doughnuts just to see what would happen (like this woman suggested). But I knew that a baked yeasted doughnut is merely a dinner roll. And the end result: totally a dinner roll! 

baked vs. fried

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