I didn’t visit my grandparents very often when I was a child. I still don’t visit as much as I should, I’m ashamed to say. But on one of the occasions I did happen to walk into their old country house, I remember my grandma making us these sweet, tasty, flat doughnuts, which I loved and devoured with powdered sugar as soon as they landed on the table.
I don’t think I’ve had them ever since, and I ended up forgetting all about them. Until about a week ago when a friend posted a Romanian recipe on Facebook for these exact type of flat doughnuts. Old memories surfaced and decided we had to make them the next day.
Turns out they’re extremely easy to make and difficult to mess up. It uses few ingredients, and it doesn’t need eggs, which is why it was traditionally prepared during fasting times.
My family and I enjoy them with powdered sugar, but they also go well with jam, cheese, sour cream or honey.
Time: 30 min (plus 30 minutes for leavening)
INGREDIENTS | Flat Doughnuts
300ml/10oz Warm Water
1 cup Oil
1 spoon Sugar
1 spoon Salt
7g/¼oz Dry Yeast (or 25g/1oz fresh)
DIRECTIONS | Flat Doughnuts
PREPARING THE DOUGH | Flat Doughnuts
- Dissolve the sugar in the water.
- In a large pot, mix the flour with the salt and the yeast.
- Slowly pour the sugared water in the pot with the flour, kneading constantly.
- Next, add two tablespoons of oil and continue to knead until the mixture no longer sticks to your hands.
- Cover the pot with a kitchen towel and wait for it to leave until it doubles in size, about 30 minutes.
OUT OF THE PAN AND ON YOUR PLATE | Flat Doughnuts
- Once it doubles, with your hands covered in oil, break the dough into 6 even balls.
- With your hands oiled, flatten the balls of dough well with your fingers.
- Add the rest of the oil to a frying pan and heat well. Also, keep in mind that the doughnuts need to float in the oil, so make sure you have enough.
- Once the oil is hot, add the flattened dough one by one, turning from time to time, till both sides are brown enough to your liking.
- After each one is fried, take them out of the pan and onto a napkin to get rid of excess oil.
- All done! Powder some sugar on ’em, or enjoy with jam or cheese.
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