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
Keyword donuts, doughnuts, pampushky
Special Diet Vegetarian
Prep Time 1hour30minutes
Cook Time 30minutes
Total Time 2hours
Author Adapted from "From Baba with Love" cookbook, pg. 136
½cupwhite granulated sugar
2 ¼ teaspoonregular yeast (traditional)
5cupsvegetable shortening for frying (only if deep frying)2 ½ boxes shortening, approximately
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 ¾ cup vegetable oil while continuing to beat. Stop when it becomes lighter in color (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.
This is what it should be like
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.
Let it rise until the dough has doubled in size- this will take about 45 minutes.
Punch down to original size.
Then roll out to about ½ 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 40-45 minutes.
Air fryer method (shown): spray air fryer and donuts and holes with oil. Cook on 350 F/ 175 degrees C for 3 minutes.If using deep fryer method: 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)Deep fryer: 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.
Topping: Mix 1 cup of white granulated sugar and 4 teaspoon cinnamon together in a shallow bowl. While doughnuts are still warm, roll them in sugar cinnamon mixture.
Place on parchment lined baking sheet.
Serve warm or cold. Cooked doughnuts can also be frozen in a ziplock freezer bag for up to 6 months.
*See post content for important recipe tips and information!💭NO deep fryer methodYou can use a deep pot to fry the doughnuts in but I do NOT recommend this. Hot oil can be dangerous. But if you are going to use this method:
The fat should be deep enough to let the doughnuts come to the top and float free at the bottom.
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.
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.
Deep fry until they turn a golden brown - about 3 minutes. The doughnuts will rise to the top. Turn and brown the underside.
Remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper towel.
🍩 Pampushky - Ukrainian Doughnuts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 164Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Vitamin A 5IU0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.