So I scoured the internet looking for a baked paczki (poonchki) recipe and didn’t find any. Every single one called for deep fat frying. And while I am all about anything deep fat fried, I decided to try to get a lightened version. This is where I got the base of my recipe:
So the only problem I encountered is that my dough hardly rose at all. Here’s how it looked right after being kneaded in the stand mixer for a few minutes. I really really liked the texture of this dough.
As I was re-reading her recipe this morning, I caught my fatal error. The instructions said to stir the butter and sugar into the remaining cup of warm milk, and I believe I added the (melted) butter directly to the yeast/milk mixture, thereby killing the yeast with the melted butter. Damnit! So the result of these paczki is not a donut, but more like a sweet bread/cake texture? So while Tony and I thought they were good, not exactly what I was hoping to achieve!
I am still going to take them to work though! I will suggest they either put them in the toaster oven to crisp up, or put in the microwave for a chewy donut. So I will definitely try this again and will follow Heidi’s instructions to a T next time! I guess it helps to read ALL the words!
Happy Fat Tuesday – see you at lunch.