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Paczki (Polish Donuts)

These homemade Paczki are soft, pillowy delectable morsels filled with jam, custard or lemon curd! Paczki are traditional Polish donuts, popular on Fat Tuesday aka Mardi Gras.

What Are Paczki

These Paczki are the absolute best. I simply love them. I’ve been making them and eating them for years. They are popular around Mardi Gras which simply means Fat Tuesday. Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday which is a day of preparation for the penitential season of Lent.

Paczki are Polish deep-fried donuts that are filled with some sweet filling such as jamcustard, lemon curd or chocolate. They are usually covered with powdered sugar, icing, glaze or dried orange zest. They are simply and utterly delicious.

What’s the Difference Between Paczki and Donuts

Paczki are made of a very rich, sweet yeasty dough which consists of eggs, butter and milk. Regular donuts are not usually as rich. While donuts usually have a hole in the middle, Paczki don’t and instead are filled with jam or other goodies.


  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup milk (lukewarm)
  • 2 tablespoon butter (unsalted, melted)
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoonvanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • vegetable oil (for frying)
  • fruit preserves (for filling, such as raspberry or strawberry jam, custard, lemon curd)
  •   powdered sugar (for coating)

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