Tuesday, February 24, 2009


"Aw yes ... Paczki Day!"
~ Recipe compliments of
Bobak Sausage Company
(Have NEVER ... EVER made these ...
but throughout the years, eaten plenty)
4 cup flour
2 oz. yeast
1 cup milk
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter
6 egg yolks
a pinch of salt
1 jar plum jam
1 tsp. rum
2 tsp. finely chopped candied orange peel
1 cup sugar
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 3/4 lb. lard
  • Mix the yeast with 1 Tbsp. sugar and a few Tbsp. lukewarm milk. Cover with a towel and leave in a warm place.
  • Sift the flour, add a pinch of salt. Mix egg yolks with sugar until almost white, add to flour and yeast, pour in the rest of the milk and the rum, and mix using a mixer until all ingredients are well combined and the dough is smooth. When almost ready, slowly add melted butter or cooking oil and candied orange peel. When the dough has absorbed all the butter or margarine and comes off of the sides of the mixer, cover with a towel and leave in a warm place to rise for about an hour.
  • When the dough has doubled in volume, roll it out into a 1/ 2-inch sheet of dough and cut out circles using a glass. Place a little jam on each circle, cover with another circle, pinch the edges together well and arrange the doughnuts evenly on a floured breadboard. When they rise
  • Melt the lard in a low wide pot and check if ready, dropping in a piece of dough. If it rises immediately to the surface and is nicely browned, you can drop in the doughnuts, a few at a time so they do not stick together, bottom side up, and slowly fry covered on a medium flame. Turn over browned doughnuts and fry uncovered a little while. Take out ready doughnuts with a sharp stick or a slotted spoon and place on a few paper towels to get rid of excess grease, then cover with lemon glaze.
  • Glaze: Add 1/2 c. water to sugar and simmer until threads can be drawn from the spoon. Take off the flame, let cool and mix with a wooden spoon until the mixture is white, then add lemon juice, and some warm water if needed, to obtain the consistency of thick sour cream. Doughnuts may be sprinkled with powdered sugar instead of glaze.
Perhaps last year's Shrove Tuesday
might tempt you!


TYRA Hallsénius Lindhe said...

Hi Joey, as I said earlier we celebrate Fat Tuesday here as well and so tonight I will feel just like that frog.

I'm going to do aerobics tonight as well....hm can you picture it?


Gail said...

This is one recipe I will have to pass on! But it sounds good! Love the satisfied looking fat frog! gail

Kerri said...

I'll simply be content to read about them and drool, thank you very much!
Happy Fat Tuesday, dear Joey :)
(they sound scrumptious!)
I love your fat frog :)

Roses and Lilacs said...

Sounds very similar to what we call Bismarks here. These are my father's greatest weakness;) They could become mine too if I allowed myself anywhere near a bakery.

Rose said...

Every Tuesday is Fat Tuesday for me:) These sound delicious, but I agree I'll have to pass on all the fat calories. I've never heard of these interesting Polish treats before.
I enjoyed looking through your Mardi Gras recipes; my daughter loves New Orleans and all things Cajun. When she lived at home, she would make jambalaya and rice quite often.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I think the paczkis I've got have a few more calories than that. Every year I get "gourmet" paczkis from a bakery near here. We're talking Tiramisu, Boston Cream, Black Forest, Cannoli, Key Lime, Turtle Pie...impossible to eat one all at once, so we ate half last night.

Kylee Baumle said...

I've heard of these, but I've never ever eaten one. If it's dough, I know I'd love it. LOL.

Anonymous said...

Great minds think alike -- Fat Tuesday is known at Shrove or Pancake Tuesday here. Your recipe looks amazing! Froggy is getting a Buddha belly though! :)

joey said...

Oh yes, dear Tyra! Treadmill time here for sure ... still dreaming of the warm custard filled paczki I once ate :)

Regarding paczki, I hear you, Gail! I love my fat frog, so content he's clueless that he lost his leg many years ago.

And Happy Fat Tuesday to you, dear Kerri ... yes, paczki are dangerous!

They are, Marnie ... luckily, I'm stuck in the house, waiting for Comcast to come :)

LOL Rose ~ So far, I've been good and still simply dreaming :)

MMG ~ yes, some are bigger and fatter than others ... yum ... though partial to custard filled, your 'gourmet' paczki sound wonderful!

Yes Kylee, paczki are dough of the best kind and should top the list of the 1000 things everyone should taste before the die :)

If anything can plump a Buddha belly, it's a paczki, Nancy! Paczki are a big thing in the greater Detroit area on Shrove Tuesday ... kind of like pumpkins around Halloween. Luring paczki are everywhere and very tempting! Tell-tale powered sugar and glaze around lips ... a clue that many succumb to temptation!

Marysol said...

Hey Joey, Paczi is one thing I've never had, but have always wanted to try.
I think it's the frying aspect of this treat that scares the bejeebers out of me. Not because I'm health-conscious (I mean, seriously), but it's the greasy mess I tend to make that keeps me away.

Btw, how many does this recipe yield? Maybe I can share the love with the neighbors, if I ever get the nerve to try frying again.

Oh, and I love the content-looking frog on the bench - cute.

F Cameron said...

The only time that I miss my visits to New Orleans -- beignets. :-) Mardi Gras was just too much for me.


Philip Bewley said...

That frog is too fun. I want to be like him enjoying Paczki day!
Candied orange peel...count me in!

joey said...

Hi dear Marysol ~ Delighted to find the recipe (for those inclined). However, I noted that I have NEVER made (or ever will) so I don't know how many its makes ... After 'Fat Tuesday' dinner here, I feel like my Buddha frog (although I will pat myself on the back ... shared 1 quartered custard filled paczki with my daughter)!

Mardi Gras must have been memorable, Cameron ... have often wondered!

Oh Philip ~ hope you did succumb to a bit of fat today like my content frog ... after all, tomorrow is Lent!

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

You know what the problem with Ann Arbor is? No freakin' Paczki, that's what! Oh, sure, some places sell donuts they CALL Paczkis, but they're just not right. When I worked in Dearborn, now that was better. Ah, good times!

joey said...

Perhaps the closer ones lives to Hamtramck, the better the Paczki, Monica! Tues was a hoot ... wherever I went, Paczki was the focus of the day ... the gal at the deli had eaten 4! Stunned at her svelte figure she confessed she also was a martial arts instructor and belly dancer :)