Romanian cheese doughnuts

(Papanasi)

Ingredients

DOUGH
1 kg well-squeezed sweet cottage cheese
400 g White flour
20 g vanilla sugar
3-4 Eggs
1 peel of lemon
A pinch Salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 Lemon Juice
cooking oil


SERVING
600 g cream with 25% fat
150-200 g vanilla flavored powdered sugar
400 g jam

Method

  1. Put the flour, cheese, vanilla sugar, salt and lemon peel in a large bowl, add in the baking soda mixed with lemon juice and “knead” with your fingers so that the mixture comes together, avoiding cheese lumps.
  2. On a work surface sprinkled with flour, form a thick roll to a diameter of about 6 cm, and cut it into 1.2-1.5 cm thick slices.
  3. Roll the slices into round balls, and use a finger to make the classic doughnut hole. Then leave everything on the work surface until the oil heats up.
  4. In a deep pan, heat enough oil so that it covers the papanaşi slices. Fry over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes on each side, turning constantly and checking they do not burn.
  5. Mix the vanilla flavored powdered sugar with the cream.
  6. Serve hot with cream sauce and your favorite jam. A simple, tasty and easy to make dessert. 

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