Making my own pączki – Polish donuts

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For some reason (which still isn’t all that clear to me) I had the very bright idea of making my own donuts this weekend – traditional Polsih donuts, called pączki. I could have slept in, read a book, or watched a movie, but instead I chose to engage in a battle with flour and yeast.

I used a recipe from a Polish website, which I would be happy to translate for anyone who is interested. Since it was my first time making them I am not altogether upset with the result but I am also not overjoyed – perhaps part of that is due to the stress of wondering if the things would rise again at different stages of the process.

I also panicked because I thought some of them weren’t cooking in the middle, but actually I hadn’t let them cool enough. Also I tried to make some with Nutella in the middle, which came out quite well in the ones that didn’t open, coloring my cooking fat brown. The good thing with donuts is that they are really cheap to make so if you mess up, you’ve only wasted time and not hundreds of rands of expensive ingredients. But the lessons have been learnt and hopefully next time they will come out better. I am also not fully convinced how amazingly fresh the yeast was from Pick ‘n Pay, which is a crucial factor is whether they will come out or not. Next time I might harass a bakery to sell me some…

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4 thoughts on “Making my own pączki – Polish donuts”

  1. Thanks for going to the trouble to make Paczki! I remember my Polish Grandmother making them for us when we were little. The image of her cooking in her kitchen is one of my favorite memories of her.

    elisa

    1. That’s such a great memory – I have so many from my gran’s kitchen but not really of baking. Sadly my pączki weren’t that good. My mom says she thinks I put too much flour 😦

  2. I’ve seen photos of pączki floating around online and there’s this place in my neck of the woods (really far out, but still a doable commute) that sells them. They look so good! I’ve gotta try them sometime.

    Congrats to you for making them on your own. They may not have come out the way you wanted them to, but you can always try again another time.

    1. Thanks so much. And you do have to try them – although you may never want to put them down. The Polish ones are so much nicer than the Western ones and even the German ones (Berliners). I’m not being biased or anything 🙂 my mom says we can make them when I visit her next weekend so I may take her up on that

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