Paczki

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Bread is one kind of food that ever since I learnt to make it, I’ve never failed. I am not saying that I have mastered making it, just that the result is always good. Also, I found out that  homemade bread lasts longer in room temperature than the store bought bread. That’s why homemade cooking is always healthier than eating out, I believe this.

This is the first time I baked Paczki and I just love their taste. Paczki are Polish doughnuts . They are actually fried doughnuts but they can be oven baked as well. I did the oven baked ones. Traditionally they are filled with strawberry jam but again, you may fill them with any fillings you like. I went with vanilla custard and strawberry jam.

Every country may have this kind of doughnuts with their unique names .  In Indonesia we call it Donut Goreng . But according to the history of this beautiful doughnuts, in many parts of Eastern Europe, Paczki are eaten on the last Thursday before Lent which they call it Fat Thursday.

Ingredients.

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 2/3 cup 1% milk – warmed to 120°
  • 3 Tablespoons oil (canola or extra light olive oil)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • about 1/4 cup extra flour
  • 1 Tablespoon melted butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar for coating

Methods.

1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast with 2 tablespoons of warm water. Let it stand until creamy, about ten minutes.

2. Place flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a large bowl.

3. Stir in warm milk, followed by oil, egg yolk and vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes in high speed.

4. Stir in enough flour till the dough holds together.

5. Place dough on a floured surface and knead for a few minutes. Cover with plastic and rest till double in size. I leave it for about one hour.

6. Roll dough 1 cm thick and cut circles using a 7.5 cm round cutter.

7. Place mound on baking sheet. Cover with towel and let rise in a warm spot for about 45 – 60 minutes

8. Pre-heat oven to 190 C and bake the Paczki for about 10 minutes.

9. Brush the hot Paczki with melted butter and roll on a plate or a plastic bag to coat with sugar. Shake off excess .

10. Fill the Paczki using a pastry bag with a long slender tip, pushing into the side. Serve immediately. You can do the filling when they are not too hot. Since I just have the pastry bag but didn’t have the piping tip , I used a plastic straw as the piping tip. It worked wonder as well with a little bit patience.

Making the vanilla  custard :

In a small saucepan, combine 1/4 cup sugar + 1 Tablespoon cornstarch. Slowly stir in 1 cup fresh milk + 2 egg yolks. Bring to a boil & cook about a minute, stirring constantly, until thickened. Transfer to a bowl and let it stand to cool. You may refrigerate it if necessary.

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