Chrusty, faworki, angel wings with beer

There are absolute values you need to follow. I’m still not convinced by Pancake Tuesday, I don’t mind changing Thursday to Tuesday, but why pancakes, when you can make doughnuts or faworki? So I’m still Fat Thursday girl, even though this year we celebrated it on Sunday, as it was just easier to find a little bit time to make doughnuts or faworki.
This year’s doughnuts didn’t turn out so beautiful as last year, but making faworki / chrusty  / angel’s wings using a pasta maker is fab. They are so thin and crunchy, just beautiful.

This year I tried a different recipe for faworki, the one that contains beer. Tomek was a little bit shocked with such a waste of beer, but finally, he admitted it was worth it. The faworki are light and crunchy.

Chrusty, faworki, angel wings with beer

  • Servings: The portion is large. I made only a half batch
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Delicious, light like a feather, Polish carnaval snack

Recipe from Moje wypieki


  • 3 cups plain flour, sifted
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vodka or other strong alcohol like rum
  • 1 tsp butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup beer (lager)
  • pinch of salt

Other ingredients

  • 4 packets of Frytex or different shortening deep-fry (you can use it also oil or lard)
  • icing sugar for sprinkling


Place all ingredients in a bowl. Knead a dough. You can use a mixer, as it takes quite a long time. You will know that the dough is ready when it will be smooth and elastic.

If it is too dry, add an extra one or two tablespoons of beer.

And now the fun part. Put the dough on the counter and start beating it with a rolling pin. Fold it into a rectangle, beat it with a rolling pin. Do it a few times. If you beat it well, you will get more air bubbles, and your chrusty will be lighter and better.

Cover the dough with a cling film and leave it in a fridge for an hour.

Split the dough into a few smaller parts and roll it very thin. The thinner, the better. If you have a pasta roller, use it.

Cut the rolled dough into rectangles 6-cm long and 3-cm wide (they should be longer than wider and shouldn’t be bigger than a pot you are frying them in).

Cut a slit in the middle of every rectangle. And pull one end through the slit. (see the photo|]) Heat Frytex / shortening or oil in a big pot or saucepan to 175°C. Use enough oil that chrusty can float freely.

Fry chrusty around 1 minutes on every side (or until golden). Don’t overcrowd the pan, as the oil temperature will drop down. Flip them using wooden skewers. Take them out of the oil and put it on a plate covered with paper towel to absorb extra oil.

When they cool down sprinkle them with the icing sugar.


6 thoughts on “Chrusty, faworki, angel wings with beer

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  3. Hi. I just finished a batch of these in honor of my late Polish father in law, who would have been 99 today (he died in 2012). Smaczny! I used a raspberry wheat beer. Thank you for the recipe for an easy to work dough!


  4. Crusti. Brings memories of my mom and I making big batch. Line a box with a towel or paper and put in the crusti and sprinklings on the icing sugar. Time to make some with my granddaughters. We made doughnuts and they loved the experience. Takes them away from the darn iPads for awhile. We are of Russian origin but my mom was a Dombrowska so definitely some polish there. lol. Now I’d like to find a good easy recipe for the strudel dough that we use to put a clean white sheet on the table and stretch paper thin. Also looking for recipe her her honey cake made with coffee and Mak (poppy seed sweet filling) for pastry. I’m 68 now but have all these sweet memories and hope to pass them on to my grandchildren. Thank you. My email is


  5. Moje absolutnie ulubione. Poprostu super. Nigdy nie probowalam z piwem. Hehe. Widzialam ze zlapalas moj przepis na Pintrest. To fajnie. Musimy kiedys sprubowac twoj. Yum. Yum.


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