I know that you’re drooling at the photo below, so let me get down to the business of describing what these tasty-looking fellows are.

They are called papanasi and are a famous Romanian dessert. The dough is mixed with a soft creamy cheese, similar to ricotta. It is then deep-fried or boiled ,left like this or  holed in the middle and stuffed with  marmalade or jam. It is served hot with a side of sour cream(if they are stuffed) or marmalade of any kind (if they are simple) . It’s high in calories, but who cares… you gotta live once in a while.


For the dough:

1 kg 300 g cottage cheese
4 eggs
6 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons semolina
4 tablespoons sugar
1 vanilla sugar

For the crumbs:

3 tablespoons butter
8 tablespoons crumbs
6 tablespoons granulate sugar


In a bowl mix cheese, salt, eggs and sugar.  Add the flour, semolina and vanilla sugar and mix everything till you have a dough.

To prepare the crumbs, put the butter to melt in a pan and when is done add the crumbs and let it on the fire till is golden (2-3 minutes). Stir all the time  When is done take the pan of the fire, add the granulate sugar and mix it. Put the crumbs on a plate.

Put water in a pan with a pinch of salt to boil. Meanwhile, start doing papanasi. (which are some balls of dough of 4 cm diameter ). Put papanasi in the water and boil them 7-8 minutes covered and then, stop the fire and leave them covered for another 5-6 minutes. Semolina in them  will swell and they will be very tender.

Cover papanasi in crumbs and serve them hot with any kind of marmalade or jam. I use wild fruits jam, because is a little bit sour and goes great with all the sugar. Enjoy!