|All-purpose flour||500 g|
|Vodka||15 ml (1 tbsp)|
|Dried yeast||5 g (1 tsp)|
|Salt||10 g (1 tsp)|
|Sugar||8 g (1 tsp)|
|Honey||50 g (1 tsp per portion)|
|Oil||1 l (or less depending on the size of the pot)|
One of the most delicious treats for Christmas Eve – salted doughnuts – pampukhy – which are dipped in honey and eaten. That kind of doughnuts is not so widely spread as traditional sweet Nativity Fast pampukhy but those who tasted them would ask for more!
Make of 500 g flour, 350 ml water of lukemore temperature, 1 tbsp vodka (is added to prevent the doughnuts from absorbing too much oil while frying), 1 tsp salt, the same amount of sugar and dry yeast smooth sticky batter – something in between the dough for dumplings and not so liquid as for pancakes. Cover loosely and let the batter sit out to rise for 30 minutes.
Heat oil in a large heavy pot (the amount of oil depends on the size of the pot – the minimum is whatever will submerge the doughnuts about halfway). Shape the pampukhy with two tablespoons – they may be irregular thus even more interesting – and place them into the oil, one by one at a time.
Deep fry the doughnuts in the oil until they get golden brown evenly. Remove ready doughnuts from the oil then season with salt while hot. At the meantime warm the honey in order to melt it.
Serve the salted pampukhy in a large bowl and honey portionally in small bowls or cups. Now everybody can dip the salted doughnuts into honey and eat!