Overnight Paczki (& Fat Tuesday prep)

I know what you’re thinking.

Overnight Paczki Recipe

“Homemade doughnuts?! Ain’t nobody got time for that.”

Overnight Paczki Recipe

But do you know what I’m thinking?

Overnight Paczki Recipe

Well, right now I’m thinking about the amazing meal I had at Henrietta Red last night. But! What I was thinking before was how you totally have time for doughnuts. These doughnuts.

Overnight Paczki Recipe

Because I figured out you can make this dough the night before, let it do a slow rise in the fridge while you’re snoozing, then wake up in the AM and fry these beauties up! Just in time for Fat Tuesday! Technically Paczki, these Polish balls of love (much like myself) are meant to use up the remaining sugar, lard, butter, and flour before the beginning of the Lenten season. But if you have leftover butter, sugar, and flour I’m sure we can find something to do with them.

Overnight Paczki Recipe

We got time for that.

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King Cake Layer Cake

I did a bad thing.

King Cake Layer Cake | via Midwest Nice Blog

I changed King Cake. Into a layer cake. The horror! The horror! I can hear my NOLA friends (Hi Megan! Hi Justin! Hi Ben! Hi Cole!) rolling their eyes and blanching at the thought.

King Cake Layer Cake | via Midwest Nice Blog

Lord forgive me.

King Cake Layer Cake | via Midwest Nice Blog

Eating a slice of this cake may go a long way towards forgiveness. It’s got all the aspects of the traditional King Cake – brown sugar, pecans, cinnamon, sprinkles. But I did away with the yeasted, brioche-esque dough (because I’m lazy) and soaked the whole thing in a bourbon syrup (because Bourbon Street). There’s still a baby hidden among the layers, he’s under the light and airy sorta-Swiss buttercream.

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