It is difficult to describe the taste of Faworki or Angel Wings as they tend to be called in English. What is easy to say about them, however, is the fact that both children and adults look forward to seeing them on the kitchen counter. Let’s make this delicious Polish treat!
What are Faworki?
Faworki are a type of Polish homemade sweet pastry treat, made from dough and fried in oil. Though maybe not the most healthy - they are a must-have treat during winter times, as well as on Fat Thursday/Shrove Thursday/Tlusty Czwartek. They can be enjoyed during Christmas, Easter, Carnival times… Or all year round.
Though their taste is best described as being similar to donuts, their texture is dry and crispy - and not as sweet. You could even describe them as a sweet batch of chips.
Faworki are not exclusively a Polish tradition, as you can find them in many European cultures (especially French). They can be found under the names of Chrusty or Chrusciki (as they are crispy), or simply as Angel Wings (due to their appearance).
Faworki are not
difficult to make - although your kitchen may disagree. Yes, you will make a
mess, but it will be worth it. The following
measurements are for you to try this recipe out. You will see that you will
need to double or triple on them, as Faworki tend to disappear quickly.
Tamara Bosak Djordjevic
4 egg yolks
2 cups of flour
1 cup of powdered sugar
2 tbs of sour cream
1 tbs of melted butter
vegetable oil (enough for deep fry)
1 tbs of vinegar or rum or citrus zest
½ tsp sugar
½ tsp salt
Mix all the ingredients except for powdered sugar and vegetable oil. Form dough (if needed, add more flour or butter).
Roll the dough so it creates a string and then cut it into smaller strings. Ideally, cut a hole in each string and pull the dough through them, creating a twist.
Heat up oil in a deep pot.
Take a string of dough and ‘’drop’’ it, one by one, into the pot. Once the string turns brown and floats up, take it out and place it on a table covered with a paper towel to dry. Repeat until you’ve run out of dough.
When Faworki cool down, sprinkle powdered sugar on top of them. And that’s it!
When it comes to
Faworki, they come in different ‘’stripy’’ shapes, so you don’t have to worry
about their appearance. Be careful when frying them, to prevent burns -
although it’s a sweet treat, it might be difficult for children to take part in
What is your favorite
Polish homemade treat? If in doubt - look at
our delicious kitchen goods for some inspiration!