I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Paczki

This is not what I would call a true Polish Paczki, because it does not have rum in in it or a lot of egg yolks. Having said that, they are pretty good. I make mine smaller because it's that much less calories.



PACZKI
(makes 12)

Ingredients:
*2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
*2 tablespoons white sugar
*1/2 cup warm milk
*2 eggs
*2 tablespoons butter, room temperature 
*1/8 teaspoon salt
*1/4 teaspoon vanilla
*2 cups all-purpose flour

Directions:
~Put warm milk, sugar & yeast into a large mixing bowl.
~Allow yeast to proof for about 5 minutes.
~Whisk in eggs, vanilla, salt & butter.
~Stir in flour 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well.
~Knead on a lightly floured surface for about 5 minutes.
~Place dough in a clean greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap.
~Let rise until double in size about 1 1/2 hours.
~Remove dough from bowl and set on a clean lightly floured surface.
~Pat dough down and gently roll out to about 1/2 inch.
~Cut out 12 circles with a floured biscuit cutter.
~Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
~Let rise until double in size, about 1/2 hour.
~While the dough is rising heat your oil in dutch oven, deep skillet or deep fryer to 350 degrees.
~Carefully put dough into hot oil two or three at a time.
~Fry 2 minutes on each side or until they are a golden brown in color.
~Remove from oil and let cool completely on a cooling rack, at least 20 minutes.
~Put favorite jam in a pastry bag.
~Poke hole in donut and fill with jam, a good heaping teaspoon full.
~Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy.

Helpful Hint:
`If you don't have a pastry bag, take a small knife and make a slit into side of donut. Take a teaspoon with jam and place jam in through slit.

Variations:
-fill with a cream, lemon curd, chocolate filling
-Make small ones for the toddlers. They can help cut them out & fill them too.

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