Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Chocolate Filled Ponchiki Sandwiches

Ponchiki is a light, soft, spongy, chewy, kind of fried sweet dough, shaped as a flattened sphere. Ponchiki is also called Russian Doughnuts. Its inside is filled with jams, jellies or different kinds of fillings or sometimes it’s just rolled in powdered sugar just after frying. What I have done is make ponchiki sandwiches. All doughnut lovers will love this.
To make Ponchiki
3/4 cup full cream milk
2 large eggs
4 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon instant yeast
3 cups flour
2 tablespoon vegetable Oil
Vegetable oil for frying
To Make filling
1 cup whipping cream
75 grms dark chocolate 

Making Ponchiki
1_In a mixer bowl whisk sugar, eggs, 2 tablespoons oil, salt and vanilla, mix on low speed until sugar dissolves, add yeast, flour and milk mixing well after each addition to make soft dough. (Dough will be very wet). Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.
2_ Divide dough in half, place 1 half on a well floured surface, and pat with flour hands, flipping to coat with flour. Roll dough out to 1/4 –inch thick.
3_Using a round cutter or if you don’t have a round cutter just use a glass, cut dough into as many circles as you can, gather rest of dough again roll and cut, transfer cut out dough to floured sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough.
4_ Add oil into a frying pan (about 1 inch deep) and heat over low flame, add your shaped dough and fry until golden brown on both sides (this is a stage you must be very careful if you fry these ponchikis in hot oil you may end up with half cooked ponchikis, so very important that you must fry on low flame for the ponchikis to get fully cooked) Remove from oil onto paper towel or tissue to absorb excess oil.

Making Filling
5_In a small pan heat whipping cream until it starts to simmer. Chop chocolates and put into whipping cream. Keep stirring until chocolates melts and incorporates with whipping cream.
6_Pour this chocolate sauce into a bowl. Leave to cool completely until sauce reaches to a spreadable consistency, to fasten this process chill sauce until thick.

Making ponchiki sandwiches
7_Cut each ponchiki in half, apply generous amount of chocolate filling …..enjoy!

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