5 Polish Pączki (Doughnut) Recipes

  • 01 of 06

    Everyone's Polish on Pączki Day

    Cream-Fiilled Polish Doughnuts. © Kurman Communications

    Pączki Day in Poland is on Fat Thursday or Tłusty Czwartek. In the United States, these fried balls of sweet dough are eaten year-round but especially on Fat Tuesday.

    The last six days of carnival season (karnawal) -- from Tłusty Cwartek to Shrove Tuesday -- are known as zapusty.

    Shrove Tuesday is known as Śledziówka or Herring Day when herring are eaten instead of pączki. Shrove Tuesday is also known as Ostatki, which literally means "lasts," and refers to the last day to party hearty...MORE before Lent begins.

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  • 02 of 06

    My Busia's Pączki Recipe

    Grandma's Polish Paczki
    Grandma's Polish Paczki. © 2011 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.

    My busia made her pączki without a jam filling and dusted simply with granulated sugar. Here is Grandma's recipe for pączki. This recipe calls for 1 whole egg and 3 egg yolks eggs. Here are some tips for freezing egg whites and recipes using leftover egg whites.

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  • 03 of 06

    Maria's Pączki Recipe

    Polish Paczki or Doughnuts
    Maria's Polish Paczki or Doughnuts. © Barbara Rolek

    Maria is originally from Białystok, Poland. She uses whole eggs in her dough and rolls her fried pączki in granulated sugar but she fills them with her homemade strawberry jam, unlike my grandmother's unfilled ones (see the previous recipe). Here are step-by-step instructions for making Maria's pączki. Read Maria's story for background on this amazing woman.

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  • 04 of 06

    Baked Pączki Recipe

    Polish Paczki or Doughnuts
    Baked Polish Paczki or Doughnuts. © Barbara Rolek

    Traditionally, pączki are fried in hot fat, packing quite a wallop in the calorie department. This baked pączki version removes some of the guilt from indulging. When dusted with granulated or confectioners' sugar, they are virtually indistinguishable from fried paczki, in our book.

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  • 05 of 06

    Gluten-Free Pączki Recipe

    Gluten-Free Paczki. © Gabe Bevilacqua on Flickr

    This recipe for gluten-free pączki is from the Gluten Free Adelaide blog. Gluten Free Adelaide is a South Australian website dedicated to helping Celiac sufferers lead a rewarding gluten-free lifestyle.

    The gluten-free pączki will be much flatter than those pictured here. The site also features recipes for other Polish and Russian favorites like potato pancakes, pierogi, bigos, mushroom soup, Russian sharlotka and beet salad.

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  • 06 of 06

    Easy No-Yeast Pączki Recipe

    Polish Pumpkin Fritters
    Polish Pumpkin Fritters. © 2010 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Technically, this no-yeast pączki recipe is not a pączki at all, although they are similar. They are more like fritters that are dropped from a spoon into hot oil. They are known as angielskie pączki, which literally means "English-style doughnuts," but they can also be called racuchy or racuszki. In Polish.