Paczki are associated with Fat Thursday. It is a traditional Christian feast just before Lent. On the last Thursday of the carnival Christians eat paczki, because the next time of feast will be on Easter time. I grew up in Poland and Fat Thursday is very well known for me. I remember times when I went to the store to pick up the best doughnuts in town. There are many varieties of them, for example: with jam, pudding, with glaze or without. Any kind to choose from:)
These doughnuts are a little different, because they are baked while original paczki are fried. These were delicious also. They are the best on the first day, the next day they become a little dry, but still good. Therefore, I suggest to eat them quickly:) The glaze adds lots of sweetness to them.
Paczki (Baked Doughnuts)
- 100 ml warm milk
- 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
- 2 2/3 cup + 1 teaspoon all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup + 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup butter room temperature
- 3 eggs room temperature
- 1/2 cup jam any flavor
- 9 teaspoons milk
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- Flour to dust
- 1 egg
Mix active dry yeast with warm milk, 1 teaspoon sugar and 1 teaspoon flour. Cover with cloth and leave it for about 10 minutes.
In a large bowl mix flour, sugar and salt. Put active yeast that we just made. Add egg one at a time and mix it with wooden spatula. Knead the dough by hand for about 10 minutes
Add butter gradually and knead by hand for 10 minutes. The dough needs to be smooth and elastic.
Cover the dough with cloth and leave it for 1 hour, the dough has to grow.
After 1 hour take out the dough and shape a square for about 1/2 inch high. Dust with flour if needed.
Cut circles with cutter or glass (diameter 3.5"). Put jam into each circle and close, shape a ball.
Put each ball onto paper liner and leave it for 20 minutes. Brush with egg.
Bake at 350F for about 13-17 minutes. Let it cool for 10 minutes and then decorate.
Melt butter in a small saucepan, add milk, vanilla extract and sugar. Combine all ingredients on a small heat.
Adapted from Kwestia smaku