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Romanian Cheese Doughnuts (Papanasi)

Today let's try a dessert that you wouldn't make on a regular basis. We're talking about a famous Romanian one, the so-called "papanasi". They are deep-fried cheesy doughnuts, served with sour cream and jam (whichever one works, just go with your favorite). They are a perfect winter dessert, so we recommend making them this Christmas!
Today let's try a dessert that you wouldn't make on a regular basis. We're talking about a famous Romanian one, the so-called "papanasi". They are deep-fried cheesy doughnuts, served with sour cream and jam (whichever one works, just go with your favorite). They are a perfect winter dessert, so we recommend making them this Christmas!

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Ingredients

2 eggs
½ cup sugar
salt
lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pound cream cheese
1 ½ cups of flour
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
vegetable oil (for frying)
1 pound sour cream
blackberry jam

Ingredients

Steps

1
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Add the eggs and sugar in a large bowl. Set up your mixer and mix until the sugar has been absorbed.

2
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Add the lemon zest, vanilla extract, cream cheese, flour, and lemon juice.

3
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Mix with a spatula until you obtain a smooth, silky dough.

4
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Dust your working space with flour.

5
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Divide the dough into 6 small balls (around 1.5 inches thick), and 6 larger ones (around 3 inches thick).

6
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Roll the large balls into thick sausages and unite the sausage ends to get a circle with a hole in the middle. Use the small balls to top the empty howls.

7
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Heat the vegetable oil in a deep skillet over high heat. Fry the doughnuts for 7-8 minutes until golden and crispy.

8
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Serve them with sour cream and blackberry jam.

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Nutritional Chart

612 kcal
Calories
13 g
Protein
38 g
Fat
55 g
Carbohydrates

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Vlad Popa

I guess I’ve always had a passion for cooking ever since I was a kid when I was mom’s little helper in the kitchen. Even though I wasn’t actually cooking, I was a picky eater, and I focused on bringing more flavor to her dishes, by adding extra herbs and spices I felt might enrich it. Time has passed, and I haven’t changed that much: I am now my girlfriend’s helper.

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