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(Fat) Tuesday Recipe: Paczki

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

We can come up with any excuse to eat pastries and doughnuts, but celebrating Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is probably one of the best. Paczki, or Polish doughnut, is a traditional treat made especially for Mardi Gras, and we have have searched for an authentic yet easier recipe that you can whip up throughout the year, and are most likely to have all the ingredients for.

This paczki is from Jenny Can Cook, where you will also find a recipe for a custard filling; you can use almost any smooth jam or alternative custard for filling yours, or you can opt to skip the filling step; either way you will end up with sweet Paczki to serve right away for Mardi Gras or any other occasion.

Paczki

What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons yeast (can be instant or regular)
  • 2/3 cup milk warmed to 120°F for instant yeast, 110°F for regular yeast
  • 3 tablespoons canola or extra light olive oil
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup extra flour
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar for coating
  • 1 cup thick jam, custard or filling of choice, if desired

Directions:

  1. Place flour, sugar, salt and yeast in large bowl.
  2. Stir in warm milk, followed by oil, egg yolks and vanilla.
  3. With electric mixer, beat for 2 minutes on high speed.
  4. Stir in enough flour until dough holds together, place on a floured surface and knead for 50 turns. Cover with plastic and let rest for about 10 minutes.
  5. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. On a floured surface, roll dough 1/2-inch thick. Cut circles using a 2 1/2 inch round cutter dipped in flour. Re-roll scraps and repeat.
  6. Cranberry Peach JamPlace mounds on baking sheet, cover with a towel and let rise in a warm spot for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 375°F. When paczki are puffy (will be less than double original size), bake for 10 minutes in preheated oven.
  8. Meanwhile, melt butter and place 1/3 cup sugar in a plastic bag. Remove baked paczki immediately from pan to a plate or laid out wax paper. Brush each one while warm with melted butter and roll in bag to coat with sugar, shaking off excess.
  9. If desired, fill using a pastry bag with a long, slender tip by pushing into the side of each paczki. Serve immediately.

Tuesday Recipe: Thumbprint Cookies

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Thumbprint Cookies

You can never go wrong with these cookies, especially when you want to create a festive dessert to bring to a holiday party but only have a few ingredients in your pantry. These could even pass off as a cheerful breakfast – we won’t tell.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite fruit jam

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add vanilla. Slowly mix in sifted flour and combine well.
  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Using your thumb, press a 1/2-inch indentation into the middle of each ball, fill with jam.
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until browned at the edges. Let cool and serve!

Shown Here: Dutch Apple Preserve, Cranberry Peach Jam, Raspberry & Currant Preserve

Tuesday Recipe: Toffee Cheesecake Bars

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

December has arrived! We are looking forward to sweet treats, holiday goodies and lively meals with friends and family, so this month we will be featuring recipes that reflect holiday cheer and comfort.

Do you have a favorite holiday cookie, pie, appetizer or main dish that makes the season complete? Share them with us, and enjoy the recipes we share with you.

What you’ll need:

  • The Christmas Barn Lighted Canvas9×13 baking dish
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups milk chocolate English toffee bits

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa and baking soda. Cut in butter until mixture becomes crumbly.
  3. Press onto the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 baking dish. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until set.
  4. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add milk, eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  5. Stir in 3/4 cup toffee bits and pour over crust. Bake 18-22 minutes more or until center is almost entirely set.
  6. Cool on wire rack for about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining toffee bits and cool completely.
  7. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight. Yields about 2 dozen.
  8. Serve and indulge!