This is the recipe I found handwritten in my Polish grandmother's cookbook. I have since found ones almost identical in Polish cuisine cookbooks. I so looked forward as a child to the Sundays that the Catholic church in Wilno, Minnesota sold paczkis after Mass on Sundays. They were the best treat ever. This recipe takes some effort, but they taste just as good. *NOTE....I'm adding this change after reading the last reviewer's very helpful comment that it tasted too eggy...she's right, it's a very eggy pastry dough. Be sure to use 6 whole eggs instead of the 12 yolks if you don't like that flavor (I know many people don't). It will work just as well, but be more to your taste. I'm so glad she took the time to bring this to my attention....it's something I should have mentioned before.
- 12 egg yolks (or six whole eggs, see note)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 (1/4 ounce) packages active dry yeast
- 1⁄4 cup warm water
- 1⁄3 cup room temperature butter
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 4 1⁄2 cups flour
- 1⁄3 cup rum or 1⁄3 cup brandy
- 1 cup scalded whipping cream
- 1 1⁄2 cups preserves or 1 1⁄2 cups cooked prunes or 1 1⁄2 cups cooked apples or 1 1⁄2 cups poppy seed filling
- oil (for deep frying, The old-timers used lard, but vegetable oil will work(I use peanut oil.)
- Beat egg yolks with the salt in the small bowl of an electric mixer at high speed until the mixture is thick and piles softly, about 7 minutes.
- Soften yeast in warm water.
- Cream butter, add sugar to it gradually, beating until fluffy.
- Slowly beat in the softened yeast.
- Stir one fourth of the flour into the yeast mix.
- Add rum/brandy and half of the cream.
- Beat in another fourth of the flour.
- Stir in remaining cream.
- Beat in half of the remaining flour and then the egg yolk mixture.
- Beat for 2 minutes.
- Gradually beat in the remaining flour until the dough blisters.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
- Set in a warm place to rise.
- When it has doubled in bulk, punch it down.
- Cover and let rise again until doubled.
- Punch it down again.
- Roll dough on a floured surface to about 3/4 inch thickness.
- Cut out 3 inch rounds using a cookie cutter or glass.
- Put 1 tablespoon of filling in the center of half the circles.
- Brush the edges with water.
- Top with the remaining rounds.
- Seal the edges very well.
- Cover the paczki on a floured surface.
- Let rise about 20 minutes.
- Deep fry in the hot fat until they are golden brown on both sides.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar or drizzle with honey.