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Romanian Papanasi Doughnut

Thie recipe is part of our Natvia Around The World collection. Papanasi Donuts are a traditional Romanian dessert. There are so many different ways and recipes that the Papanasi can me made, it all depends on how you simple you want it to be. The simplest one is, Papanais, with cream and sour cherries, raspberries, or raspberry jam and even forest fruit. Whichever way you choose to top up. The Papanasi are recommended to be best-served fresh. Check out sugar-free recipe below and let us know what you think! You can find more sugar-free recipes like this one and more over on our Youtube at Healthy Treats. Liked this recipe? SAVE it to your collection  

Serves: 4

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes


  • 1 1/3 cup SR flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup Natvia
  • 1 tbs lemon zest
  • 250g ricotta
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 5lt canola oil
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup sugar-free jam – see our recipe


  1. Combine the flour, baking powder, Natvia and lemon zest in a bowl and stir to combine.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, using a fork combine the egg, ricotta & lemon juice.
  3. Gradually stir the flour mixture through the wet ingredients, until you have a soft and slightly sticky dough.
  4. Sprinkle the bench top with flour and knead until the dough becomes smooth, but still slightly sticky.
  5. Roll into 4 large balls and 4 small balls. Poke a hole through the large donuts with your finger.
  6. Heat the oil in a large saucepan until about 180C. Drop in two large donuts and two smaller ones and fry until golden brown on each side, for about 5 minutes each.
  7. Place on a baking paper lined wire rack to cool.
  8. Once cool top one of the large donuts with some sour cream and jam and place a smaller donut on top.
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