Paczki: Polish Doughnuts

Paczki: Polish Doughnuts

Paczki is a traditional Polish pastry filled with a sweet center. Usually fried, this recipe is baked to soft, golden perfection. 

Last year, we had Harry Potter Club monthly and made many delicious recipes based on the books and movies. We ended the marathon by watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them a week before seeing Crimes of Grindelwald in theaters.

Since we were watching Fantastic Beasts, and Jacob’s dream is to open his own Polish Bakery, I decided to try making some of the pastries that he mentions. One such pastry is Paczki, a type of Polish doughnut.

Pączki are deep-fried pieces of dough shaped into flattened spheres and filled with confiture or other sweet fillingPączki are usually covered with powdered sugar, icing, glaze or bits of dried orange zest.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C4%85czki

Traditional Paczki (pronounced pontch-kee) are fried, but I don’t like frying foods often. I hate getting popped by the hot oil. So when I found a recipe that instructed to bake, rather than fry, I decided to give it a shot.

The doughnuts came out so soft and fluffy. The hardest part was filling the doughnuts, but they would honestly be delicious even without a filling in them.

Paczki: Polish Doughnuts

You’ll need about two hours to make the doughnuts, but half of that is letting the dough rise. Then the doughnuts will bake for about 10 minutes per batch. I typically have to do 2-3 batches, depending on the size of pastry I make.

The last thing to do is put the filling in the doughnuts. In my opinion, this is the hardest part. I have a plastic cake decorating tool that I was able to use. I put the flavored jam in the tube and used the long thin tip to press into the center of the doughnut and push the jam inside. It isn’t perfect, but it works pretty well.

You can use any flavor of jam that you prefer. The first time we made these I used up some orange marmalade from when we made Orange Chicken. The second time we used blackberry since that’s our favorite. You could also fill with custard or any other sweet filling.

Step by Step

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, salt, yeast, and 1 1/2 cups of flour.

Paczki: Polish Doughnuts

In a small sauce pan, warm the milk over medium until it reaches about 110F.

Paczki: Polish Doughnuts

Pour the warm milk, oil, egg yolks, and vanilla extract into the large mixing bowl with the dry ingredients.

Paczki: Polish Doughnuts

Use an electric mixer and whisk on high for 2 minutes.

Paczki: Polish Doughnuts

Slowly stir in the remaining 1/4 cup of flour, as needed, until the dough comes together. I switched to the dough hook for this part.

Paczki: Polish Doughnuts

Lightly flour a clean work surface and knead the dough about 50 times. Cover the dough with a towel and let it rest for about 10 minutes. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

Roll the dough out to about 1/2 inch thick. Use a 2 1/2 inch round-cutter to make circles in the dough then place on the prepared pan.

Re-roll the scraps and continue until all of the dough is used.

Paczki: Polish Doughnuts

Cover the dough with a clean, dry dish towel and let it rise for about one hour.

Paczki: Polish Doughnuts

Preheat the oven to 375F. Bake the doughnuts for about 10 minutes, until they are just starting to turn golden and puff up.

Melt the butter and place the sugar for coating on a shallow plate. As soon as the doughnuts come out of the oven, brush with the melted butter.

Paczki: Polish Doughnuts

Flip each doughnut over and roll the tops in the sugar to coat.

Paczki: Polish Doughnuts

Place the coated doughnuts on a wire cooling rack to let cool slightly before filling.

Paczki: Polish Doughnuts

Fill a pastry bag or cake decorator with your choice of jam flavor. Gently push the tip into each doughnut and squeeze to fill.

Paczki: Polish Doughnuts

Serve immediately as these taste best when they are fresh and still warm.

Paczki: Polish Doughnuts

Recipe

Paczki: Polish Doughnuts

Paczki: Polish Doughnuts

Paczki is a traditional Polish pastry filled with a sweet center. Usually fried, this recipe is baked to soft, golden perfection. 
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Polish
Keyword: doughnut, Harry Potter
Servings: 12 servings
5 from 5 votes

Ingredients

Dough
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Topping
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
Filling
  • 1 cup jam

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, salt, yeast, and 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • In a small saucepan, warm the milk over medium until it reaches about 110F
  • Pour the warm milk, oil, egg yolks, and vanilla extract into the large mixing bowl with the dry ingredients
  • Use an electric mixer and whisk on high for 2 minutes
  • Slowly stir in the remaining 1/4 cup of flour, as needed, until the dough comes together
  • Lightly flour a clean work surface and knead the dough about 50 times 
  • Cover the dough with a clean, dry towel and let it rest for about 10 minutes
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat
  • Roll the dough out to about 1/2 inch thick
  • Use a 2 1/2 inch round-cutter to make circles in the dough then place on the prepared pan
  • Re-roll the scraps and continue until all of the dough is used
  • Cover the dough with a clean, dry dish towel and let it rise for about one hour
  • Preheat the oven to 375F. Bake the doughnuts for about 10 minutes, until they are just starting to turn golden and puff up
  • Melt the butter and place the sugar for coating on a shallow plate
  • As soon as the doughnuts come out of the oven, brush with the melted butter
  • Flip each doughnut over and roll the tops in the sugar to coat
  • Place the coated doughnuts on a wire cooling rack to let cool slightly before filling
  • Fill a pastry bag or cake decorator with your choice of jam flavor. Gently push the tip into each doughnut and squeeze to fill
  • Serve immediately as these taste best when they are fresh and still warm
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Paczki: Polish Doughnuts

16 thoughts on “Paczki: Polish Doughnuts”

  1. Oh hubba hubba! I friggin’ ADOREEEEEE donuts!! I can’t eat them unless I make them myself with specific ingredients. BUT that doesn’t mean I can’t DROOL over these babies!

  2. Awesome! I love making donuts and I usually bake them so I tend to stay away from filled ones because they’re typically fried. So happy to find out I can bake them too 🙂 Cannot wait to try this!

  3. Being of Polish background I LOVE paczki. Never knew you could bake them. I’ll have to try this recipe to see how it turns out.

    1. I’ve made them twice now, they were so good! This was the first time I had heard of paczki. I was searching for Polish danishes for our movie night because of Jacob Kowalski and came across this idea. So glad I did!

  4. So let me get this straight, you found this recipe online? 1) looks YUM!!! want to try!!! 2) FWIW, Kimmie got an “official Harry Potter Cookbook” for Xmas, so I wonder if there is anything like this in there???

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