Whether you’re vegan or dealing with dairy or egg allergies, it can be particularly difficult to get through the holidays. Fat Tuesday is no exception, as everyone around you rushes out to get their paczki fix. Luckily, your days of sitting by empty-handed as your friends indulge on this seasonal sweet are behind you once you have this easy vegan paczki recipe!
Vegan Paczki Recipe (Makes about 8 Paczkis)
1 can full fat coconut milk
2-2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup raw cane sugar
1 packet dry active yeast
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt
100% soybean oil for frying (most likely 4-6 cups)
2 tbsp coconut oil
1-2 tbsp powdered sugar (optional)
4-6 tbsp fruit preserves, or filling of your choice
Tip: You’re going to need something to pipe the filling with (I used a cupcake decorator with an extra long tip).
- Empty the can of coconut milk into a large mixing bowl. Add in the cane sugar, active yeast, vanilla extract, and salt and mix well.
- When the mixture is smooth, slowly begin to add in the flour (about a half cup at time) and mix. You want to add in just enough so that the dough forms one big ball and doesn’t fall apart, but not so much that it isn’t workable. Dust the outside of the dough with flour (to keep from sticking) and leave it to sit in the mixing bowl with a clean dish towel over it to let it rise.
- About two hours later, remove the dough from the mixing bowl and set it onto a large cutting board. Use a rolling pin to roll it somewhat flat (but not too thin, you want it to be about 1/3-1/2″ thick.
- Use a circular cookie cutter (or like me, just the top of a large cup) to cut the dough into round pieces. Again, if they’re sticky, dust lightly with some excess flour.
- Leave the dough circles to sit on a piece of parchment paper, again with the dish towel over them, for about an hour to allow them to rise some more.
- When your dough is ready, heat your oil in a large pan on your stovetop (or use a deep fryer). When the oil is hot and starting to bubble, add your doughnuts to the oil (you can probably fry 2-3 at a time, depending on how large your pan in) and fry for 1-2 minutes on each side. Set them on a thin stack of paper towels or a clean dish towel to dry and cool.
- Once the doughnuts are somewhat cool, brush lightly with coconut oil and dust with the powdered sugar. To add filling, insert the tip of your tool into the side of the paczki and slowly dispense the desired amount of filling. Enjoy!
- So the paczkis I announced I would be attempting in honor of Fat Tuesday… total success! These might be the very best doughnuts I’ve ever eaten! So I’ll be nice and share this one with all of you. Enjoy!