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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Romanian Doughnuts....Gogosi


Romanian Doughnuts....Gogosi. These days I try to limit the amount of frying I do, but every once in a while I like making this recipe for gogosi... When we were kids, my mom would sometimes make a batch of these doughnuts for us. It was a special treat. She would let us eat as many as we wanted ...those were the days:)! Actually, there were quite a few of us in the family, so there was just enough to go around. We really never had more than we should:). My mom will now make the doughnuts for the grandkids...the gogosi are usually gone within a matter of minutes. Nothing beats grandma's cooking...
I happened to make a batch of gogosi recently and decided that I should take some photos. Seeing as I do not have a recipe for gogosi, I thought it would be nice if I would include this recipe as part of my Romanian section. Maybe some of you might like to try it someday. I only make them once in a while. But the other day, my husband was really craving some gogosi... I thought what better way than to make the gogosi for him, and at the same time, share it here. I don't exactly remember how this recipe came about. I do know, however, that I tried many versions until I settled on this recipe. A few years ago I happened to make this exact recipe, and we really loved them. I jotted the recipe down and filed it away with my other recipes. It was a keeper. I've kept it ever since. Maybe one day I'll try a different recipe... But for now, I'll stick with this one.
When making the recipe, just make sure you let the dough rise in a warm environment...I can't stress that enough. It is very important. Also, make sure your oil is at the right temperature....you don't want them to burn. They are best eaten warm. Hope you enjoy....

You will need:
4 cups flour(+/-...you definitely do not want a stiff dough)
2 1/2 tsp instant yeast
1 tsp salt
1 cup warm milk(110-120 deg)
1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 TBS butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon peel,grated
2 tsps orange peel, grated

Additional
oil for frying
powdered sugar

Directions:
In a bowl, combine eggs, sugar, milk and butter. Place the flour, yeast, and salt in a mixer bowl. Add the egg/milk mixture. Using a mixer and bread dough hook, knead the dough for 5-6 minutes.
Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hr, or until at least double in size.
Take dough out and plop it on an oiled countertop.
Roll out to about 1/2 inch thick (or thereabouts). Cut round/square shapes using a biscuit cutter (or even a round/square glass).
I like to place them on a cookie sheet and let them rise again in a warm and cozy place(such as the oven). Let rise for 30 minutes or so until almost doubled in size.
If your kitchen is not warm enough, the dough won't rise as much...so, place them in a warm oven(that you have preheated for a few seconds or so... remember to turn oven off). It should feel nice and cozy, not hot.
Bring oil to 375 deg. Fry a few doughnuts at a time for a minute on each side or until golden brown.
They should puff up nicely. Make sure the heat is not too high, as they will get dark and not cook inside. Drain on paper towls and toss with powdered sugar while warm. You can also skip the powdered sugar and fill them with your favorite jam.


23 comments:

Sailaja Damodaran said...

tempting.......

Speranta said...

Delicioase si apetisante ..imi plac...

Corina said...

Ellie,

I love you for posting this recipe :) I cannot get enough of Gogosi but never made them myself. I will make some tonight....hope my kids love them as much as I did growing up. Your blog really means a lot to me because I came to the States when I was young and lost my mom when I was young, so I never had anyone teach me our traditional dishes. This is a treat for me to learn through your expertise. Multumesc mult!

Ellie said...

Corina,

This isn't my mom's recipe...so, I am hoping you will like it... even more so, your kids. It would be wonderful for them to experience what we did:). I feel honored that you would consider making my recipe...You've been so sweet with your comments. I enjoy hearing from you:)... Iti doresc suces cu reteta. Sa ai o zi placuta! ~Ellie

Ashleyta said...

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for posting a recipe for gogosi...yeay! I try to stay away from fried stuff too, but just knowing that recipe is on your blog is very comforting...like re-capturing a nostalgic childhood memory and holding it close. =)

Ellie said...

Speranta, Sailaja and Ashleyta. Thank you for your lovely comments. I hope you enjoy the recipe...~Ellie

Gloria said...

Love these Doughnuts!! gloria

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your recipes! I am going to try to make these this weekend. How do you pronounce "Gogosi"? Is that singular or plural?

Ellie said...

Anon, I hope you will like the gogosi...plural and pronounced ...Go-go-shhi. They are delicious filled or rolled in powdered sugar.
Thanks for stopping by.

Julia said...

Wonderful story and grate recipe, the best memories of childhood, Gogosi. Thank you!

Ellie said...

Julia, Oh, I'm glad you like the story as well as the recipe:)...wonderful memories, for sure. Gogosi were such a treat growing up.
Thank you for stopping by, and have a great day!

Lidia said...

Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I've been looking for a gogosi recipe, but every time I asked someone, I was told that they just put things together from memory.... Can't wait to try it!

Ellie said...

You are welcome, Lidia. I hope you enjoy it:)!

Anonymous said...

ellie, how much salt for this recipe? I'm getting ready to make them, should I assume about 1 teaspoon? will let you know how they turn out. adina

Ellie said...

Adina, Ah, thanks for letting me know I omitted the salt in the recipe. Yes, 1 tsp should be just right... Though you could use a bit less if you like... say, 3/4 tsp or so. I'll make sure to include that in the ingredients.

I'm hoping you will enjoy the gogosi... and that they come out for you as well.

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness! I am so happy I came across your website. I have found some recipes on your blog that my grandmother used to make during my childhood. I got so excited to see Sarmale and Supa de galuste! Then when I came across Gogosi, I started tearing up quickly. Made me feel closer to her. Thank you for posting these. I can't wait to make these dishes for my family!!! - Monia

Ellie said...

Monia, I'm so happy the Romanian recipes I've posted have brought on good memories for you:). It's nice to remember those we love... even through the foods they made for us as children.

Now, after cooking and baking myself... I see how much love was put in preparing such dishes. Appreciate it even more! But it's nice to be able to replicate some of those dishes for our own families...

I sure hope your family enjoys your labor of love:)... and thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Have a great day!

LoveInTheKitchen said...

Ellie, I have never been so successful in the kitchen as I am with your Romanian recipes. My husband was born in Romania and my mother in law always talks about all the food she used to eat, of course the few things she makes here in the states are delicious but I am always looking for something new to make. I found your blog and your recipes have made my husband fall in love with me all over again and in law family share great memories. Thank you so much for that! Easter is soon on its way and I cannot wait to make this recipe! I know my family will enjoy them immensely. Keep up the good work! Thanks again! -Kate

Ellie said...

Aww, Kate.... you simply brightened my day! Thanks so much for your kind comment. I really appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback. It means so much that I could be of help... so glad your family is enjoying your Romanian cooking! I'm sure it's the love you are putting in the dishes that make them soo good:)! Glad you are bringing back lovely memories, it makes the dinner table that much more enjoyable.

I sure hope your family enjoys the gogosi as well.

Wishing you and your family a blessed Easter!

narcisa Lup said...

How much i love gogois. My makes them when she has time. I'm a Romanian. Im visiting Romania this summer!!!!

Ellie said...

Narcisa, O, what Romanian doesn't like gogosi:)?...
It must be nice that you will be going to Romania this summer!

I'm sure you will be having lots of opportunities to sample a variety of Romanian foods... including gogosi:)

Thanks for stopping by... and have fun in Romania!

Anonymous said...

Acuma le incerc si eu,love your blog, te pup din California,sper sa reusesc, ca tot o dau in bara cu gramele si cup. In sfirsit in engleza.

Ellie said...

Anon., Multumesc, si sper sa le fi reusit:).Tare mult mi-ar place daca gogosile ti-au placut si tie. Imi pare bine ca pot sa fiu de folos... stiu cum este cu gramele, ca si mie la inceput imi era greu. Dar sa sti, ca gramele chiar este mai precis... cateodata merita si gramele si cantarul. Oricum merci mult pentru comentariu. O zi placuta...