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Pampuchy

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Makes 8 - 10.

Ingredients:

  • 300 grams poznaƄska flour (T50/500) or plain flour (T55)
  • 10 grams fresh yeast
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 30 grams unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Method:

Proof the yeast: crush in a small bowl and mix with slightly warmed up water. Add a handful of flour and mix well. Set aside for 10 - 15 minutes until it gets bubbly.

 

Cook milk with butter until it melts. Let cool.

 

Sieve the remaining flour in a big bowl. Make a well and add proofed yeast, egg yolks and cooled milk with butter. Mix until combined and set aside for 20 minutes.

 

Knead the dough until smooth, then roll in a ball, cover with a piece of cling film and set aside until almost doubled in bulk.

 

Take the dough out, degas and cut in 8 - 10 pieces. Take pieces of dough and form little balls. If you like, you can fill them with fruits, preserve or sweetened curd cheese. Place on a lightly floured surface, cover with a piece of cling film or a clean cloth and let fluff for 20 minutes.

 

In a large steaming pot boil a little bit of water. If you don't have a steaming pot or if it is too small, you can spread a piece of muslin or linen clothe on top of a large pot, stretch and tie it well. Place 3 - 4 dumplings on the pan/clothe, leaving gaps between them. Cover the pot and let steam for 7 - 10 minutes depending on the size of your dumplings. Be very careful, if you let them steam for too long, they will shrink instead of rising and won't be that good.

 

Take off the pan and serve right away with any sauce of your choice.

Pampuchy

These are probably my favourite dumplings. As far as I can decide, cos I pretty much like all of them. Pampuchy or Pyzy, are regional Polish yeast dumplings, more like very soft rolls, however steamed not baked. They may be filled or plain and are usually served with sauces. Because they are so very delicate and fluffy it makes them perfect for sweet sauces and fruit fillings. But they will taste equally delicious with this rich and chunky Hunter's Sauce or with any meat or vegetable stew. Personally I love them with savoury sauces but if you prefer your dumplings sweet, you can try filling them with strawberries or raspberries and serve with thin vanilla custard (crème anglaise).

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