Ponchiki - Russian Donuts
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Recipe type: Sweets
Serves: about 50 ponchiki
  • 2 cups farmer's cheese or ricotta cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 quarts oil, for frying the donuts
  • powdered sugar, to sprinkle on top of the donuts
  1. Pour the oil into a heavy bottomed pot. Heat the oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Meanwhile, mix the farmer's cheese, eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt in a standing mixer, using a hand mixer or mixing it by hand.
  3. Combine the flour and baking soda in a medium bowl and mix to combine. Add the flour mixture to the batter and mix to combine.
  4. Using two teaspoons, take a small scoop of batter in one spoon and use the other spoon to scrape it off the spoon and into the oil. Cook the Ponchiki until they are golden brown on both sides. Make sure the oil is about 350 after you add the batter to the hot oil. If the oil drops in temperature too much, the Ponchiki will soak up too much oil and will be greasy, if the temperature is too high, the Ponchiki will brown too quickly on the outside and won't be cooked through on the inside. Take out the Ponchiki and let them drain on a paper towel or paper bag. Keep frying the Ponchiki in batches until you have fried all the batter. Sprinkle the Ponchiki with powdered sugar.
Recipe by Olga's Flavor Factory at https://www.olgasflavorfactory.com/recipes/sweets/desserts/ponchiki-russian-donuts/