Last month we have celebrated Tłusty Czwartek (Fat Thursday) in Poland. It is the last Thursday of Carnaval and it’s all about eating fried desserts.
The most popular are donuts. Everyone has to eat at least one of them (some people even say it will bring a bad luck if you won’t eat any 😉 ). Donuts are everywhere and it is quite hard to listen to your senses and not to get tempted by this delicious treats.
Pączki (donuts in polish) are a bit different then the tire-shaped ones everyone knows. All of the donuts in Poland are stuffed. The most popular are marmalades, like rose, strawberry or plum, but you can also find donuts with pudding and other creamy fillings. Most of them sprinkled with candied orange peel. Delicous! 🙂 My favorites are definitely with marmalade!
So this year I have thought of trying something else and a bit healthier – baked donuts. And the best is that they actually taste pretty much the same as the fried ones only without feeling the oil taste. Also, I think they are so much easier to make as you don’t have to worry about the oil temperature, which might either burn your donuts often or just make them too greasy.
For my donuts I have used strawberry and plum marmalade. Make sure you get a good quality one and avoid the jelly ones too. The best of course would be homemade marmalade 🙂
- 100ml warm milk
- 50g fresh yeast
- 370g all purpose flour
- 50g sugar
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 3 eggs + 1 to cover the tops of donuts
- 170g butter
- a jar of marmalade- strawberry or plum would be the best
- Powdered sugar
- Warm water
- Candied orange peel (cut into little pieces)
- Lemon juice (optional)
- Muffin liners
- A thin rounded glass or a ring to cut circles
- All the ingredients should be in a room temperature. Cut butter into small pieces so it warms up quicker.
- Using a medium bowl, sprinkle yeasts into warm milk, add 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1 tablespoon of flour, mix well, cover with a kitchen towel and let it rest for 10 minutes until the foam grows.
- Sift flour to a large bowl, add sugar, salt and mix. Add yeasts and mix.
- Add eggs one by one, mixing them well before adding another one.
- Mix the dough using a hook attachment in your mixer. If you don’t have such mixer you can also do it with your hands. Mix for around 10 minutes until the dough is nice and smooth.
- Add pieces of butter while mixing for another 10 minutes. The dough should be then elastic and should not stick.
- Cover the bowl with kitchen towel and let the dough rest for 1 hour. The dough will grow in this time.
- Punch the dough and knead with your hands.
- Prepare your working surface and sprinkle some flour on it.
- Put the dough on the floured surface, using your fingers flatten the dough until it’s around 1 cm thick.
- Cut the circles, flatten it a bit more in your hand and add around a teaspoon of marmalade in the middle. Fold it in half, using your fingers connect the edges so it look a bit like pierogi or gyoza but then take both outside “corners” and connect them creating a ball.
- Place the ball in a muffin liner (connection part down).
- Repeat with the rest of the dough.
- Place all the donuts into a baking sheet, reserving some space between them (they will still grow).
- You might need to bake the donuts in two or more batches.
- Before baking let the donuts rest for around 30 minutes so they grow a bit.
- At this time heat your oven to 180C/ 360F.
- Using a brush, cover the top of donuts with beaten egg.
- Bake donuts for around 15 minutes until golden.
- Take out of the oven and let them cool for some time.
- In a bowl, add some powdered sugar, then add a little bit of warm water (you can add a spoon, then another one and another until you get the right consistency. At this point you can add also a little bit of lemon juice to give your frosting some extra flavor!
- Frosting can’t be too thick (it needs to fall down the donut) but also not too watery.
- Using a brush or a teaspoon add frosting into your cooled donuts. Then sprinkle with orange peel.
Recipe found on: kwestiasmaku.com