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Pampushky - Ukrainian Doughnuts

This Pampushky (Ukrainian Doughnut) recipe is a light and airy raised doughnut without filling. These traditional Ukrainian donuts are made into modern mini (Stampede-style) doughnuts and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar just the way my Baba used to make them when I was a kid. 
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Ukrainian
Keyword donuts, doughnuts, pampushky
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 88 doughnuts
Calories 164
Author Adapted from "From Baba with Love" cookbook, pg. 136


  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp regular yeast (traditional)
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 cups vegetable shortening for frying 2 1/2 boxes shortening, approximately


  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon


  • Grease a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  • Dissolve granulated sugar in warm water, then add yeast and DO NOT STIR it yet.  Let stand for 10 minutes or until it begins to bubble. Stir yeast mixture.
  • In a separate bowl, beat eggs  with a whisk and gradually add in the salt and 3/4 cup vegetable oil while continuing to beat. Stop when it becomes lighter in colour (about 2 minutes).  Then add milk. Add yeast mixture. 
  • Gradually add flour to mixture. Mix into a smooth and soft dough, ensuring it does not become tough. You want to add a little more flour (tbsp at a time) until the  dough doesn't stick to your hands anymore. 
  • Move onto a floured board and knead for 15 minutes. *** if you have a dough hook with your stand mixer - use it and save yourself some work! This is what it's for. Just make sure you grease the bowl and the hook first.
  • Place in a greased bowl and allow to rise in a warm, draft free place until the dough has doubled in size- this will take about 45 minutes. 
  • Punch down to original size then roll out to about 1/2 an inch in thickness and cut into donuts with a mini cutter.  
  • Place donuts and donut holes on a parchment covered cookie sheet, cover with a clean tea towel and let them rise again for 20 minutes. 
  • Meanwhile melt the shortening in your deep fryer until it's a the right level.  Then set the deep fryer to 375 degrees F.  (****see Recipe Notes at end for stove top cooking if you do not have a deep fryer, although I don't recommend this, as it's not nearly as safe)
  • When deep fryer is ready, add 3 -5 doughnuts and a few doughnut holes in basket and lower into oil, place lid on and cook for 1 minute approximately. Then lift out basket and turn over with tongs. Repeat. 
  • When ready (will be a golden brown) remove onto paper towel lined plate or cookie sheet.  Roll in sugar/cinnamon mixture. 
  • Topping: Mix 1/2 cup of white granulated sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon together in a shallow bowl. While doughnuts are still warm, roll them in sugar cinnamon mixture. 
  • Serve warm or cold. Cooked doughnuts can also be frozen in a ziplock freezer bag for up to 6 months. 


 * NO deep fryer method:
You can use a deep pot to fry the doughnuts in but I don't recommend this. Hot oil can be dangerous. But if you are going to use this method:
  1. The fat should be deep enough to let the doughnuts come to the top and float free at the bottom.
  2. Heat the fat in a deep pan, with a flat bottom, to 375 degrees F. *test the temperature by frying a doughnut hole in the oil for a minute. 
  3. Immerse the doughnuts gently into the hot fat, one at a time, using long handled tongs or a slotted spoon that  has been greased by being dipped into the hot fat. 
  4. Deep fry until they turn a golden brown - about 3 minutes. The doughnuts will rise to the top. Turn and brown the underside. 
  5. Remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper towel. 
Freezing dough:
**This recipe makes 88 mini donuts. I only make half, then freeze the other half. I have frozen the dough for a year (in a ziplock freezer bag) and you'd never know that it wasn't freshly made. It works great!
Nutrition Facts
Pampushky - Ukrainian Doughnuts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 164 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 15mg1%
Potassium 14mg0%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 5IU0%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 14mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.4mg