Pączki (Polish donut) recipe


Polish name: Pączki Also known as: Polish donuts/doughnuts

The warm ones disappear the quickest, although they're still delicious on the next day.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Polish
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 20 servings
Calories 325 kcal
Author adapted from Marek Łebkowski "Kuchnia Polska: Dania na każdą okazję" 1997 p.610


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour 500g
  • 1.8 oz fresh yeast 50g
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup milk 250ml, whole
  • 1/4 cup sugar 50g
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tsp alcohol 25ml, can be rum
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 3.5 tbsp butter 50g
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • salt
  • 7 oz rosehip marmalade 200g
  • 3.3 oz lard for frying


  • 1 cup icing sugar 125g
  • 2 tbsp water warm
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • candied orange peel optional


  1. Blend the yeast with 1 tablespoon of sugar, a cup of flour and half a cup of milk. Set aside in a warm place for an hour.

  2. When yeast raises, add egg yolks with egg and sugar, the rest of the flour - together with milk, lemon juice & zest, alcohol, grated vanilla and a pinch of salt.

  3. Knead the dough until it becomes shiny is no longer sticky. Add melted and chilled butter, knead again and set aside in a warm place again for an hour or so.

  4. Grab a spoonful of dough (around 40g / 1.4oz) and form small discs by hand (it's easier if you grease your hands beforehand). Place 1/2 teaspoon of marmalade in the middle of a disc and close the dough together.

  5. Place each doughnut onto floured worktop (with the seam facing down). Keep some space between them. Once you're done, cover pączki with a cloth. 

  6. Once they're risen, start heating up the fat in a large pot. Test the temperature with a small piece of raw dough. If it browns immediately, that means we can start frying. 

  7. Submerge a few doughnuts into the fat, make sure they don't stick to each other. Cover with the lid and fry on a medium heat until golden. Turn the sides and repeat the process - this time without the lid. Once pączki are fried, rest them on a paper towel.

  8. Blend icing sugar with water and lemon juice. Cover each pączek with icing, sprinkle with candied orange peel.