Ponchiki (Russian Donut holes)

ponchiki
Ponchiki are like Russian donut holes. What makes them so special is that they are made with farmer’s cheese. So you could even say these are slightly healthy? Just a bit?

Ponchiki
In between fluffy, and crispy, slightly sweet, and slightly chewy, these ponchiki are out of this world and so addicting. This recipe makes about 55 ponchiki (although that’s a slight estimate due to the fact that my son kept sneaking them) and already only 20 left. Between 3 people. In 1 day. I’m not sure if thats a good thing or a bad thing?

My mother-in-law made these ponchiki for a church gathering. When I asked her for the recipe, she said: “alot of farmer’s cheese, and the same amount of flour, 2 eggs, sugar, vinegar, and baking soda, and mix it all together and fry it.”  You gotta love it. :)

So, with those instructions,  I had a little bit of a science experiment in my kitchen, trying to get the perfect batter. And since my husband couldn’t stop eating them, I think they came out very close, if not exact to my mother-in-laws recipe. :)

PonchikiAnd in between frying them and taking Eddie to the bathroom every 10 minutes and trying to get Lana away from getting into the cabinets, I had this crazy idea to stuff chocolate into them. 

Ponchiki stuffed with chocolate?  Oh yes!

Seconds? (or 5ths)

ponchiki

Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour

2 cups (1 lb) homemade farmers cheese (or store bought)

2 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp vinegar

1/2 tsp salt

Oil for frying (I used sunflower and peanut, but you can use canola, or vegetable also)

ponchikiAdd the vinegar into the baking soda, mix, and let it fuzz. 

ponchikiAdd all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix until everything is incorporated. You can also spare yourself and use in an electric mixer with a paddle attachment.

ponchikiUsing a teaspoon, scoop up some batter, (fill about 3/4 of the spoon), and slide it down using your finger into a bowl of flour. It will be very sticky. Roll it around in the flour, and place on a well floured pan.

ponchikiAdd oil into your frying saucepan, or deep fryer. I used a small saucepan with 4 cups of oil. Heat it over medium high until oil is very hot. To test it I usually throw in a bread crumb, if it starts to bubble and fry, the oil is ready. 

ponchikiAdd dough balls into hot oil. I used a spoon to drop them in so the oil wont splatter everywhere. You’ll need to do this in several batches. I fried 6-7 at a time, but it depends on your saucepan. Fry for 4.5-5 minutes. They usually turn on there own, but if they don’t, flip them over so all sides get evenly browned.

ponchikiTake them out with a slotted spoon and place on paper towel to soak up the oil

PonchikiDust with confectioner’s sugar, and enjoy. Priyatnogo Appetita!

Ponchiki (Russian Donut holes)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 50-55

Serving Size: 10

Ponchiki (Russian Donut holes)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups (1 lb) farmers cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Add the vinegar into the baking soda, mix, and let it fuzz.
  2. Add flour, sugar, farmer's cheese, eggs, salt, and baking soda mixture in a large mixing bowl and mix until everything is incorporated. You can also spare yourself and mix in an electric mixer with a paddle attachment.
  3. Using a teaspoon, scoop up some batter, (fill about 3/4 of the spoon), and slide it down using your finger into a bowl of flour. It will be very sticky. Roll it around in the flour, and place on a well floured pan.
  4. Add oil into your frying saucepan, or deep fryer, and let it heat on medium high until oil is very hot.
  5. Add dough balls into hot oil. I used a spoon to place them in so the oil wont splatter everywhere. Don't overcrowd the saucepan, I usually fried 6-7 at a time. Fry for 4.5-5 minutes. They usually turn on their own, but if they don't, flip them over so all sides get evenly browned.
  6. Take them out with a slotted spoon and place on paper towel to soak up the oil.
  7. Dust with confectioner's sugar, and enjoy.
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Comments: 11

  1. Alina July 10, 2013 at 8:37 am Reply

    I’m so glad to see this recipe! So much easier to understand than 500grams and whatnot in Russian. Thanks for posting it:)

    • Yelena July 10, 2013 at 1:22 pm Reply

      You’re very welcome. I know what u mean about the 500 grams. :)

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  3. Natasha (@NatashasKitchen) September 25, 2013 at 7:17 pm Reply

    Wow, those look delicious, bring back memories :).

    • Yelena September 26, 2013 at 11:03 pm Reply

      Thanks Natasha

  4. Alina October 31, 2013 at 8:33 am Reply

    These ponchiki turned out sooo good!! and super easy too:)

    • Yelena October 31, 2013 at 10:11 am Reply

      I’m glad to hear that! Your instagram pic looked mouthwatering.:)

  5. Mika January 1, 2014 at 4:33 pm Reply

    Hi there, I’ve added your site to mine.

    • Yelena January 1, 2014 at 9:55 pm Reply

      Thanks I appreciate it.

  6. Lauren Golangco January 26, 2014 at 8:06 am Reply

    How did you stuff them so well? I tried doing so with nutella but most of the time, the dough wouldn’t close too well so it wouldn’t be a perfect ball, and other times the nutella would come out!

    • Yelena January 26, 2014 at 10:16 am Reply

      Sorry it didn’t work for you :(. I used chocolate chips so maybe that’s why it worked better for me. Nutella is creamy and the dough is very sticky so it would definitely be a challenge to stuff. I would recommend using something solid like chocolate chips for the stuffing.

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