Ptysie / Ptyś – Polish Steamed Dough Pastry Filled with Whipped Cream


for the steamed dough / choux dough

  • 160 g vegetable shortening (I used Kasia)
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • ½ cup potato flour
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 1 tbs of golden caster sugar
  • 8 whole eggs

for filling

for topping

  • icing sugar to sprinkle

ptysie ptyś recipe Polish dessert


  • wooden spoon
  • medium pot (to cook/steam the dough)
  • mixing bowl
  • two large baking trays lined with baking paper
  • hand mixer or potato masher
  • electric whisk for the cream
  • wooden skewer to test the dough

pastry for ptysie how to make ptysie


  1. Heat water in a medium pot together with vegetable shortening, until all melted.
  2. In meantime combine flours, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. Quickly stir flours into the pot with water, heat and mix with wooden spoon to create springy ball of dough.
  4. Remove from fire, transfer dough to the mixing bowl.
  5. Using hand mixer (or potato masher) combine dough with eggs adding them gradually.
  6. Continue mixing until the dough is very smooth.
  7. With a tablespoon place heaped spoonfuls of dough on the baking trays, there should be about 20 portions, 10 on each tray.
  8. Bake in the oven preheated to 180°C (356°F) for about 35-45 minutes until golden brow, hard on the outside and not too sticky on inside, check with the skewer.
  9. Remove from the oven and quickly cut each of the pastries in half with a very sharp knife to let the steam escape.
  10. Place back on the tray and back in the oven for 1 minute longer, just to dry it out.
  11. While the pastries are cooling down whip the cream with sugar and vanilla extract.
  12. Fill each pastry with the cream, top with icing sugar.
  13. Enjoy with some black coffee or unsweetened tea.

Makes about 20 medium ptysie.


Make sure the oven is hot enough, if you are not sure better turn up the temperature a little bit or the pastries can collapse.

Store in the fridge until ready to serve, even for half a day.

Ptyś / ptysie (in plural) name came from French petit choux meaning small cabbage, although it does not look similar in written form when pronounced in Polish sounds quite similar.

More steamed dough recipes: Vienna Doughnuts / Pączki Wiedeńskie and Gorszek Ptysiowy / Pea Puffs.

Your thoughts…

  1. wow!!! wygladaja cudownie!!!
    mam pytanie: musi to byc shortening czy moze byc maslo?

  2. oh oh… this looks like trouble! ;)

  3. @ Ewa – Generalnie nie uzywam margaryny, ale w tym wypadku ponoc jest lepsza, bo nie przypala sie tak jak prawdziwe maslo… ale przyznam sie, ze robilam groszki ptysiowe do zupy z maslem i bylo ok.

    @ Alla – I know… we ate them all last night!

  4. w takim razie prawdopodobnie sprobuje zrobic je z maslem. dzieki!!! pozdrawiam rowniez.

  5. I am not positive but it looks like the American cream puffs. I will have to check it out. Why potato flour? I just never bought any. Mine always collapse when I open the oven door.

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