Sunday, April 1, 2012

February Tasteof Poland Recipe - Paczki (Doughnuts)

500g plain flour
100 g butter, melted
5 egg yolks
5g yeast
1 cup warm milk
100g sugar
vanilla essence
pinch of salt
250g plum butter or marmalade
750g lard for deep frying
icing sugar

1. Prepare the dough by combining fresh yeast with a warm cup of milk. Mix together until the yeast dissolves and set aside. In the mean time, combine egg yolks with butter, add a pinch of salt to bring out the yellow in the yolks. You can whisk them together until creamy.

2. Slowly combine flour, egg yolks and the yeast and milk mixture in a bowl. Add the melted butter towards the end. Use your hands to form a smooth dough.  Cover with a damp cloth and set aside to rise. The dough should double in size, this can take up to 2 hours.

3. Remove the dough from the bowl, kneading and beating it for a few minutes and return to bowl to rise again.

4. Lightly dust your surface and use a rolling pin to flatted the dough until it is about 2 cm thick. Use a glass or round cookie cutter to cut rounds in the dough. Place a spoon of plum butter on one round and cover it with a second round. Pinch all the sides together and re-cut with the glass to make a perfect round. Do this with all of the dough until there is nothing left.

5. Heat the lard in a large skillet. You can also use oil. Test the temperature by dropping a little piece of dough in the oil, if it browns and floats to the top, the oil is ready. Place doughnuts gently onto the oil, bulky side down. Fry for a few minutes until one side is golden brown. Gently flip over and fry the other side. Remove from oil and place on paper towels to drain excess lard.

6. Dust with icing sugar, and enjoy these scrumptious treats!!

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