Paczki (Doughnuts)

  • 1 1/2 cup of milk
  • 2 yeast cakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg 
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 1/2 cups flour

Scald milk and cool to lukewarm. Break yeast into the lukewarm milk. Beat sugar and butter until fluffy, add eggs, salt, and flavoring. Add flour and milk gradually, beating well. Let rise in a warm place until double in bulk, about 2 1/2 hour. Punch down, knead and let rise again. Place dough on lightly floured board, stretch toward you and fill with thick filling - rose jams, apricot or peach preserves, prune butter. Fold over and cut into desired size and shape like a ball, place on a lightly floured surface and let rise. Fry in deep hot fat, turning only once. Paczki should have a very dark brown color before turning, to ensure baking thoroughly. Drain on absorbent paper. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar.




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