Romanian Cheese Doughnuts (Papanasi)

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • one hour
  • 6 servings

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!

Ingredients Needed for Romanian Cheese Doughnuts (Papanasi)

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

How to Cook Romanian Cheese Doughnuts (Papanasi)

  1. Add the eggs and sugar in a large bowl. Set up your mixer and mix until the sugar has been absorbed.
  2. Add the lemon zest, vanilla extract, cream cheese, flour, and lemon juice.
  3. Mix with a spatula until you obtain a smooth, silky dough.
  4. Dust your working space with flour.
  5. Divide the dough into 6 small balls (around 1.5 inches thick), and 6 larger ones (around 3 inches thick).
  6. 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. Heat the vegetable oil in a deep skillet over high heat. Fry the doughnuts for 7-8 minutes until golden and crispy.
  8. Serve them with sour cream and blackberry jam.

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