Paczki for Fat Thursday (Tlusty Czwartek)

  • Author: Polish Housewife
  • Prep Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: about 2 dozen 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Polish


A brioche-like, jam filled pastry eaten to mark the last week before Lent



  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 cups boiling milk
  • 1 packet of dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm milk
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 vanilla bean pod, split and scraped
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • flour, jam, deep fat for frying


  1. Stir 1 cup flour into boiling milk
  2. Remove from heat and beat until smooth
  3. Cool
  4. Dissolve yeast in the 1/4 cup milk
  5. Add to the flour mixture
  6. Stir and let stand half an hour
  7. Cream egg yolks and sugar, add vanilla and orange rind
  8. Stir into the dough when it begins to rise
  9. Add remaining flour and butter and beat until it forms a sticky dough
  10. Cover and let stand 45-60 minutes, until doubled in size
  11. Turn out on a floured board, knead just a few times
  12. Divide dough in half and roll to 1/4 inch thick if you’re sandwiching two pieces together 1/2 inch thick if you’ll be filling after cooking
  13. Cut out circles
  14. Place a teaspoon of jam, the fruit only, not runny syrup, on half of the circles
  15. Cover with remaining circles, press edges together
  16. Cover and let rise again for about 30 minutes
  17. Fry a few at a time in deep fat, 340 -345 F for about 4 minutes, taking care not to burn the dough
  18. Drain and serve rolled in powdered sugar, granulated sugar, or glaze


This cookbook layers the jam between two cutouts. If you have a long pastry tip, you could also pipe jam into paczki after frying, or slice your plain paczki and filled with whipped cream and berries, or glaze and top with candied citrus peel. I used this recipe to candy the peel from tangerine picked from our tree and this glaze by dipping warm pastry. I liked that the glaze was less messy to eat than powdered sugar.

Keywords: homemade fried baked air-fried paczki