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Baked Paczki for Mardi Gras

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“I slightly adapted this recipe from Fleischmann's bread world site. Prep time does not include rise time. Paczki, pronounced POHNCH-key, are Polish doughnuts traditionally deep fried and eaten to celebrate Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras). This flavorful baked version is prepared without the hassle of deep frying.”
20 doughnuts

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix 2 cups flour, undissolved yeast, sugar and salt in a large mixer bowl.
  2. Heat milk, butter and honey until very warm (120° to 130°F). Add to flour mixture with rum, egg yolks and egg; beat 1 minute at low speed.
  3. Increase speed to medium and beat 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  5. Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  6. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
  7. Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface to 1/2-inch thickness. Use a 3-inch cookie or biscuit cutter, to cut out as many rounds as possible.
  8. Place rounds about 2 to 3 inches apart on parchment lined or lightly greased baking sheets. Re-roll and cut remaining dough.
  9. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft free place 45 minutes to 1 hour, until doubled in size.
  10. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  11. For glaze, mix honey and melted butter; set aside.
  12. Bake 10 minutes. Brush glaze over packzi and continue baking for 2 to 4 minutes until light golden brown. If desired, brush again with any remaining glaze.
  13. Let cool slightly, then dust or roll in sugar or powdered sugar.
  14. Fillings:
  15. Fruit or custard: Use a knife to cut a small slit in side of paczki. Use a small spoon (or pipe with pastry tip and bag) to insert a heaping teaspoonful. (vanilla rum custard or pudding is amazing!).
  16. Chocolate: Use your finger to gently poke a small hole in side of paczki and insert 1 teaspoon chocolate chips into center of paczki while still warm.

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