Paczki: Polish Style Donuts
These donuts are old-fashioned favourites with a delicious jam filling. Just be sure to eat them the day they are made ?because that’s when they taste best.
- In a large bowl of an electric mixer, combine milk, eggs, butter, vanilla, sugar, salt and nutmeg. Add 3 cups (750mL) of Robin Hood All Purpose Flour and yeast and mix until a soft dough forms, 4 – 5 minutes. Add enough flour so that the dough forms a ball that is smooth and elastic, yet slightly sticky.
- Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm place (75°- 85°F/24°-29°C) until risen and puffy, 1½ - 2 hours. Remove dough to a floured surface and gently press down. Using a rolling pin, roll dough to ½” thick (1 cm). Cut the dough using a floured 3” (7cm) round cookie cutter. Place the donuts on a floured baking sheet, cover with a tea towel and let rise until puffy, 30 minutes.
- Heat oil in a large (6qt/6L) saucepan over medium heat to 375F (190C). Carefully slide 3 donuts into the hot oil. Cook until golden brown and puffed, about 1 minute, per side. Remove with a slotted spoon to a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Continue with remaining donuts. Allow to cool.
- Place jam in pastry bag fitted with star tip or, large, heavy duty freezer bag. Insert the tip of the pastry bag into the side of the donut and pipe in approximately 2 tsp (10mL) of jam. If using a freezer bag, fill with jam and cut ½” (1 cm) off one bottom corner. Using the tip of a knife, make a hole in the side of the donut, and pipe in jam as per above.
- Dust with icing sugar and serve immediately.
- Use a candy thermometer to verify and maintain the temperature of the oil. The donuts will absorb oil if the oil is too cold and burn quickly if the oil is too hot.
- Don’t have a candy thermometer? To test that the oil is at the right frying temperature, drop in a “scrap” piece of dough. It should bubble and start cooking immediately.
- Be careful when deep frying: To prevent oil from overflowing, never fill the pot more than half full.