I may have called these donuts, and they may look like donuts, but when you see the ingredients in these donuts, you might wonder if they are truly donuts.
And yes they are served with sour cream and jam. Don’t ask me why, all I can tell you is that this is an awesome dessert. It is also a traditional Romanian dessert, which if you ever happen to make it to Romania, you will find these in all restaurants and they are called “Papanasi”. And they are good, oh are they ever good. I thought it was strange too, sour cream on donuts? Who ever heard of that? Why not whip cream?
These wonderful little gems are made with…
are you ready?
…with ricotta cheese! Yes the main ingredient is ricotta cheese, so the texture of this donut is different than a regular donut and they are a bit heavier and not as fluffy as a normal donut. My mouth is watering now, just thinking about them.
To make these babies is simple. Traditionally they are not made in a mixer but I’m all about simplifying my life, so I use the mixer every chance I get. So in the bowl of your mixer, add the cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and baking soda. Mix it all until it’s well incorporated and then add the flour and continue mixing. You will notice that the mixture is kind of sticky but don’t add any additional flour.
Next you’ll need to flour your table really well. Dump the donut mixture onto the floured surface and using lots of flour on your hands shape the dough into a ball. Cut the dough into 8 pieces, because this recipe will make 8 donuts and 8 donut holes. Take each piece and cut a little bit from it, this will make the donut hole. So now you should have 16 pieces of dough, 8 bigger ones and 8 smaller ones. Take the small pieces and roll them between your hands to form the little donut holes, flour your hands as necessary. Do the same thing with the bigger pieces, but flatten them out and using your finger just press in the middle and make a hole, to look like a donut. Alternatively you could roll out the entire dough and then use round cookie cutters to make the donuts, totally up to you.
Heat up the oil in a frying pan. Fry the donuts, 4 at a time, you don’t want to crowd them in the frying pan.
Finish frying all the donuts. They are already looking so good and it was hard to stop myself from eating them hot!
And now comes the easy and fun part. Place the donut on a plate, add a couple big tablespoons of sour cream in the middle, then another big heaping tablespoon of some good jam then top it off with the donut hole. I, of course, had to use my favorite Saskatoon strawberry jam, which is just delicious.
Wipe that drool off your face.
Enjoy! I sure did!