Punchki Recipe

The ninja wrote about Paczki Day earlier this month. This really made the ninja hungry for the traditional Polish treat eaten on that day, Punchkis. And he decided to make some. Well, with that said the ninja set out on a quest to find a Punchki recipe, which was easier said than done. Yeah, the ninja can cook. And after more than a little digging he found a pretty good recipe, being a nice ninja he decided to share it here, saving you the effort for looking for your own. Enjoy, just don’t down too many of them and you will keep your delicious figure. Punchki Ingredents
  • 7 cups flour
  • 6-7 tbls. butter
  • 5 tbls. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • flavoring (optional)
  • (almond, lemon, or rum)
  • 1-2 eggs
  • 2 packages yeast
  • 2 1/4 cups milk
As needed:
  • filling
  • oil (canola)
  • brown paper bag (cut up)
  • granulated sugar
  • Make sure you have a large bowl and mix the flour, butter, sugar, salt and flavoring together.
  • Add the eggs to the mixture.
  • Mix the yeast with some warm milk, make sure that the milk doesn’t get too hot and mix it with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Let the dough rise for 40 minutes.
  • Roll the dough out on your counter until it is about 1/3 of any inch thick.
  • Use a cookie cutter or a large glass to cut out the Punchki.
  • Let them rise again until they are slightly puffy.
  • Heat the canola oil in a two inch deep pan and place them in the oil to fry.
  • Drain the excess oil out of the Punchki on some paper, paper towels work.
  • While they are still warm role them in some granulated sugar and will them with your desired filling.
Are you wondering how healthy these little calorie bombs are? You can find out how many calories the punchki has here.

Paczki Calories

If you saw my previous post about Paczki Day you will know how delicious paczkis look. But are they good for you, can you eat them without guilt? The ninja can but some of you might be worried about the calories in paczkis. The treat usually weighs in at around 5-ounces, not that heavy, but us brings a lot of calories with it. The average paczki has roughly 500 calories, but that can peak at 700 calories. If you pick the diet filling you can possibly get the count down to 300. As for fat, they usually contain 22-27 grams. But since it is a way to celebrate before Lent starts it isn’t, too bad. You can see it as a way to get ready for fasting, if you eat these calorie bombs before you fast you won’t be ready for anything sweet for a while. Just don’t eat too many of them and you will be fine.

Paczki Day

Everyone is familiar with Mardi Gras, also referred to as Fat Tuesday. In fact a large part of the world celebrates Mardi Gras in one for or another. But what about Paczki Day? Haven’t you ever heard of Paczki Day before? Neither had the ninja, be he was really enjoying saying outload and that is the reason for this post. Hint, it is pronounced like POON-check. If you’re Catholic, or have Chatholic friends you will know that they have one last big celebration before Lent. With that little piece of information you now have everything you need to know for Paczki Day. I was guessing that it was Polish when I first read the word but I had know where they celebrated it. Packi Day was first celebrated in the US by Polish immigrants, and was brought to cities lie Chicago, Detroit, Hamtramck and New York. Hamtramck? Wait is that even in the US? It sure is, actually the city has about 21,500 residents and entirely surrounded by Detroit. So in fact you could say that it is Detroit. A long time ago Hamtramck was mostly populated by Polish immigrants, however, in grew to be the home of African-Americans, Bangladeshis, young white professionals and Yemenis. The city organizes the celebration, and the local Polish bakeries bake traditional paczki for the occasion. The ninja wishes everyone a Happy Paczki Day in Hamtramck!