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Doughnuts with nut topping

Polish doughnuts (Pączki)

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  • Serves 4

Make a batch of fluffy glazed doughnuts, topped with crunchy chopped almonds for a special occasion. The dough includes jam for a subtle sweetness

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Ingredients

  • 7g yeast
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 125ml milk, warmed

For the dough

  • 7 egg yolks
  • 15g sugar
  • 5g vanilla sugar (or 5g caster sugar plus 1 tsp vanilla extract)
  • 500g flour
  • 200ml double cream, warmed
  • 15g butter, very soft
  • 125ml rosehip jam (or other jam)
  • 5g ground almonds
  • lard or oil, for frying

For the icing

  • 75g icing sugar
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • a few drops almond essence
  • 50g chopped almonds

Method

  • STEP 1

    To make the leaven, mix the yeast with the sugar and flour, and stir in the warm milk. Set aside in a warm place for 30 minutes.

  • STEP 2

    For the dough, put egg yolks into a heatproof bowl and add the sugar and vanilla sugar. Set the bowl over a pan of simmering water and whisk until smooth and thick.

  • STEP 3

    Sift the flour into the bowl of a stand mixer, add the beaten yolks and the warm cream, mix thoroughly, then add a pinch of salt and the leaven. Bring together to make a dough and knead for 10 minutes (or 15-20 if doing this by hand).

  • STEP 4

    When the dough stops sticking to your hands, pour in the cooled melted butter and knead for a few more minutes. Cover with a cloth and leave in a warm place to rise for at least 1 hr-1 hr 30 mins.

  • STEP 5

    Mix the jam with the ground almonds and spoon into a piping bag or jam syringe. Divide the dough into 16 pieces and shape them into doughnuts. Cover and leave to rise for 30 mins.

  • STEP 6

    Fill a deep pan or a deep fat fryer one third full of oil or melted lard and heat it until it is 180C – if you don’t have a thermometer, drop in a small chunk of bread. The oil is ready when it browns in about 30 secs. Add the doughnuts and fry, turning them once for about 1-2 mins on each side (a thin lighter ring should form in the middle). After removing, drain the doughnuts of excess fat on some kitchen paper.

  • STEP 7

    Mix the icing sugar, lemon juice and almond essence, adding some water if you need to thin the icing. When the doughnuts have cooled a little, pipe in the jam mixture and glaze them in the icing and sprinkle with the chopped almonds.

DEEP-FRYING

A deep-fat fryer is a lot safer than a pan of hot oil, but please be careful either way! If you don’t have a deep-fat fryer (which will have an integral thermometer), you will need a good digital thermometer to check the oil temperature. Check our guide on how to deep fry safely. 

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