Next week is Shrove Tuesday or, to most people nowadays, Pancake Day. If you don’t fancy endless piles of pancakes with lemon juice like every other year, why not try this Polish pre-Lent alternative.
300g plain flour
4 egg yolks
150ml double cream
1 tsp white vinegar (stops the dough soaking up the fat)
pinch of salt
vegetable oil to fry
1. Take all the ingredients except the icing sugar, and mix to form a dough. If it turns out a bit sticky to start with, sprinkle in a little more flour as necessary.
2. Knead the dough thoroughly, giving it a good hit with a rolling pin (or bottle of wine) occasionally.
3. Spread some extra flour over the work surface, rolling pin and your hands, then roll the dough as thinly as possible (warning- it will take up a lot of space on the surface). If you can manage to make it into a vaguely square/rectangular shape, all the better.
4. Cut the rolled dough into rectangular strips about 2cm across and 10cm long.
5. Make a cut about half of the length of the strip in the centre of each strip, then pass one end through this hole you have created to give it the knotted appearance you can see in the photo above.
6. Put oil into a pan so it is about 1cm deep and heat over a full flame. When the oil is hot, put as many faworki as will fit into the pan and cook until golden brown (about a minute to a minute and a half each side should do it)
7. When cooked, remove form the oil and, while the next batch are cooking, dust lightly with the icing sugar and Robert’s your mother’s brother.