A Fried Cheese Doughnut

Romanian Papanaşi is a fried cheese doughnut the hole of the doughnut is placed on top and in between it is smothered with cherry preserves and topped with confectioners sugar.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Romania
Keyword: all-purpose flour, cottage cheese, sour cream
Servings: 8
Calories: 338kcal


  • 4 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp lemon zest grated
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Cooking oil
  • Powdered sugar to garnish
  • Whipped cream or sour cream
  • Fruit preserve strawberry, raspberry, sour cherry etc.


  • In a large bowl mix the cottage cheese, sugar and baking powder.
  • Add the eggs, vanilla, salt and lemon zest.
  • Mix very well to get a smooth as possible.
  • Slowly add in the flour a little at a time.
  • If the dough is too moist add more flour, you don’t want the dough to be too sticky.
  • Heat the oil in a deep fryer or skillet over medium high heat.
  • Make small balls of dough, to fit in the palm of your hand, make into a donut shape with a hole in the middle. Dip into a small bowl of flour.
  • Fry them in oil until golden brown on both sides.
  • Remove onto a paper towel to remove any excess oil.
  • Assemble the donut with some sour cherry preserve on top add the small ball on top of that, sprinkle with some powdered sugar and a dollop of whipped cream or sour cream on top.
  • Serve while warm.

Photo credit and inspiration: internationalcuisine