Romanian Cheese Doughnuts

➡️ Are you looking for the best homemade doughnut recipes in 2023? On this website, you’ll learn how to make Romanian cottage cheese doughnuts papanași in 14 steps at home.

➡️ My easy Romanian doughnuts recipe helps you make a delicious dessert at home with simple ingredients such as dry ricotta or cottage cheese, sour cream, and jam.

➡️ Watch the video below and learn how to make cheese doughnuts from scratch using an authentic Romanian doughnuts recipe!

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How to Make Old-Fashioned Cottage Cheese Doughnuts from Scratch

What ingredients do you need for cheese doughnuts?

Cottage Cheese

1) 2 l/70 fl oz of water
2) 1 tsp of salt
3) 50 g/1.75 oz of butter
4) 100 g/3.5 oz of fine-grained breadcrumbs
5) 250 g/9 oz of cottage cheese or ricotta cheese
6) 1 egg
7) 1 tsp of vanilla extract
8) 2 tbsp + 2 tbsp of all-purpose flour
9) 2 tbsp of semolina
10) 1 tsp/doughnut of bilberry jam (you can use other sour-sweet jam types as well such as sour cherry, raspberry, and so on)
11) 1 tbsp of sour cream/doughnut
12) some caster sugar to taste

How to make cottage cheese doughnuts from scratch?

Romanian Cheese Doughnuts

1) place water into a large pot, then put the pot on the stovetop over medium-low temperature, add salt, mix and wait until the water is hot
2) in the meantime, place butter into a pan over medium temperature and wait to melt
3) add breadcrumbs to the pan and fry it for about 2 minutes or until golden brown, mix continuously to avoid burning
4) place cheese into a bowl, then break over the egg
5) add vanilla extract, 2 tbsp of flour, and semolina to the bowl, then combine by hand just like in the video until you get a smooth mixture
6) sprinkle about 2 tbsp of flour over the working surface, place the cheese dough on it, knead it a bit, then make a roll of about 10-15 cm/4-6 inches diameter
7) cut the roll into rounds of about 1-2 finger thickness (try to cut them evenly)
8) stretch the rounds into discs just like in the video and make a small cavity in the middle
9) when the water is bubbling, place the dough into water and wait to rise to the surface
10) after the cheese doughnuts are at the water surface, boil them for about 2 minutes, then drain the water and put it into the pan with the fried breadcrumbs
11) coat cheese doughnuts with breadcrumbs all over
12) place a few doughnuts on a plate, then put a teaspoon of jam into the cavity from the middle of each doughnut
13) place a tablespoon of double cream over each doughnut, then sprinkle some caster sugar to taste
14) serve doughnuts while still warm

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Final Notes for the Homemade Cottage Cheese Doughnuts Recipe

➡️ Doughnuts are some of the most popular cake recipes all over the world. There are lots of doughnut recipes with different ingredients, depending on the local taste. Most people know about the basic doughnut recipe which features fried dough and various fillings.

➡️ On this page, I share a less-known doughnut recipe, namely the Romanian cheese doughnut recipe. This recipe includes sweet cow cheese in the dough. Sweet cow cheese is a cottage cheese type. It’s very similar to dry ricotta cheese, so you can use it as well to make Romanian cheese doughnuts.

➡️ There are two types of Romanian doughnuts – one is made by frying, and the other is made by boiling. I show you how to make the boiled doughnuts because this is a rare version and few know how to make it. However, both cottage cheese doughnut types are very tasty. This is the reason why they are very popular in Romania.

➡️ Even if it seems like a special recipe with spectacular results, this dessert is not served just on holidays but is made regularly.

➡️ As for the jam, traditionally the recipe includes bilberry jam because it has a sweet-sour taste. If you don’t have or you don’t like this jam type, you can replace it with another similar jam such as sour cherry jam, raspberry jam, and so on.

➡️ Among the most important tips to get the best results when you make this dessert, I underline the need to use just very fresh cheese. After it starts to ferment, the cottage cheese has an acidic and slightly rancid taste, which will make the dessert unpleasant to taste.

➡️ Another tip you should follow is to not boil doughnuts excessively because they will harden if you boil them too much. About two minutes is the indicated boiling time after they rose to the water’s surface. Also, there is very important to boil doughnuts in a large quantity of water to avoid sticking one to another.

➡️ Enjoy making old-fashioned doughnuts from scratch! For additional info, read more about the Romanian cottage cheese doughnuts, named papanași, here.

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