Vienna Doughnuts / Pączki Wiedeńskie

To me pączki wiedeńskie are integral part of Andrzejki / Eve of St. Andrew’s Day celebrations that are night of parties with elements of magic and fortune-telling. I remember as a child we used to have evening discos in our primary school filled with traditional activities (such as predicting future husband’s or wife’s profession by pouring melted wax through a keyhole) and the most important – the Vienna doughnuts stall!


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

for topping

  • icing sugar to sprinkle


  • icing sugar and lemon or orange juice (only enough to dissolve the sugar) to make the icing

traditional Polish doughnuts made out of steamed dough


  • wooden spoon
  • medium pot (to cook the dough)
  • mixing bowl
  • large / wide pot (for frying)
  • piping bag without or with large nozzle
  • small square pieces of baking paper
  • pastry brush if using icing
  • hand mixer or potato masher
  • tongs
  • paper kitchen towels

fluffy donuts from steamed dough


  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. Fill piping bag with it to create circles on baking paper pieces.
  8. In a large pot heat the oil.
  9. One by one slide dough circles (together with paper) into the oil.
  10. Fry on both sides peeling off the paper with tongs.
  11. Drain on a plate lined with paper towels.
  12. Sprinkle with icing sugar or brush with icing while still hot.
  13. Leave aside to cool down.

Makes about 20 medium doughnuts or many more small ones .

Happy National Doughnut Day to all readers in US & Canada!


Vienna doughnuts should be round with holes in the middle but I forgot to get piping bags so I scooped them into oil with table spoon, hence the free style shape.


Pączki wiedeńskie are also called “oponki” (tires) or “gniazdka” (nests) because of their shape.

National Doughnut Day is celebrated on the first Friday of June that will take place on June 7th this year.

More doughnut recipes: Pączki Oponki or Baked Not Fried Doughnuts with Vanilla Glaze.

I’m submitting this recipe to the Inheritance Recipes link-up that we co-host together with Solange of Pebble SoupNovember Inheritance Recipes is hosted by Solange, please come and join us, share your inherited recipes!

traditional Polish recipes passed from generation to generation

Your thoughts…

  1. I so love looking at doughnuts, officially eating them too. thank you for sharing.

  2. Thanks Solange, those are my favourite, I need to make them again some time soon :)

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