Ok, so I told you about Polish doughnuts. They are the most important part of the Fat Thursday, but there is something more. Something you can’t buy at a bakery. OK you can, but it’s very, very hard to find ones that taste good. I’m talking about faworki or chrusty, or chrusciki the name differs depending on a region. And apparently in US they are called angel wings and in Italy – chiacchiere.
Chrusty (plural) mean dry branches broken off trees and this name is popular in my region.
Anyway, it’s only the name. They are simple. It is a deep-fried dough sprinkled with icing sugar, nothing else. But they are very, very good.
I remember once my grandma was frying them in the morning and later at school girls where wondering who has new perfumes and after a while I understood this was me. They smelled my grandma’s chrusty! I’m not sure if she added some aroma to it, but yes they smell lovely even on their own.
They also work great as a stress relief. Just read a recipe ;)
Unfortunately, it isn’t a family recipe. I should finally go home and grab a recipe notebook and some old cookbooks, but recipe comes from one of my favourites Polish food blogs White plate, you may want to check it even to just look at the beautiful photos.
Also try the recipe for chrusty with beer.
Recipe from beautiful White plate blog
- 500 g plain flour
- 4-5 yolks
- 2 Tbsp vinegar (I substituted with rum)
- pinch of salt
- 200 g sour cream
- 3 packets of Frytex or different shortening deep-fry (you can use it also oil or lard)
- icing sugar for sprinkling