What is Papanasi?
Papanasi is unleavened cheese pastry served with sour cream and jam. It is golden on the outside and a soft dessert on the inside.
Papanasi is a traditional Romanian and Moldavian dessert. This recipe, which is fried or boiled pastry, is served with sour cream and sour fruit. It consists of a donut-shaped dough and a small ball of dough. It is usually prepared with soft cheese.
Papanasi dessert comes in two flavors: Fried Papanasi and Boiled Papanasi. The fried version is more popular. Branza de vaci, a romanian cheese used in its original recipe, has a consistency similar to cottage cheese.
How to Make Papanasi?
There are 4 stages in the making of Papanasi, also known as the Romanian Cheese Donuts. These include preparing the dough, resting the dough, frying the dough and serving.
Step 1 - Preparation of the Dough: For Papanasi dessert, prefer cottage cheese or ricotta cheese first. Then prepare the dough with eggs, sugar, baking powder, flour, and lemon zest. You can add the ingredients as described in the above recipe. Mix dry and wet ingredients separately. Then mix all the ingredients together.
Step 2 - Resting and Shaping the Dough: After preparing the dough, rest it for 15-20 minutes. While resting the dough, cover it with a cloth.
Then shape the dough. For this, sprinkle some flour on the working surface. Divide the dough into equal balls. Make donuts with one part of the dough and small balls with some of them. To hole the center of the donuts, push your index finger into the center of each of the doughs and shape them about 1 inch wide.
Step 3 - Frying the Dough: Start from small balls while frying dough. Make sure not to overheat the oil. Otherwise, the dough can get browned very quickly. Put the dough in the pan over medium-low heat. Do not fry the whole dough at once. Depending on the size of the pan, you can fry 2 or 3 dough at once.
Step 4 - Serving: Serve this traditional dessert with sour cream and sour cherry jam. If you wish, you can serve it with fruits such as blackberries and raspberries.
Can Papanasi Dough Be Made The Day Before?
The ideal time to prepare Papanasi dough is just before eating. If the dough prepared with baking powder is kept for a long time, donuts will not rise. For this reason, we recommend that you prepare the Romanian dessert on the day you serve it.