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Balabuchy – Polish Deep Fried Buns Recipe

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When I was a kid, I remember my grandma making bałabuchy. They were so delicious! She usually served these deep fried buns with icing sugar or powidło śliwkowe (plum butter).

What Are Bałabuchy?

They are kind of similar to donuts, however, they have no filling inside. Bałabuchy originated from Ukraine. I was born and raised close to the Ukrainian border, maybe that’s because this dish was eaten so often at my home.
Bałabuchy are made from yeast dough and they are usually served sweet. You can also have your bałabuchy savory.

My Childhood Memories Of Bałabuchy

I don’t remember my nana eating bałabuchy herself. Maybe I was too focused on eating mine? Or maybe she didn’t like them? We needed to ask her to make bałabuchy for us, and then they were waiting for us when we were back home from school.
When saying “we” I am thinking about my brother and cousins. When we were kids, we’ve been all living together in one big house. It was so crowded and… safe. A house full of people, the smell of fresh food, and a garden where we could play is what I remember most from my childhood.
Many of my family members are still living next to each other and I am visiting them as often as I can. Anyway, let’s get back to bałabuchy- Polish fried buns recipe.

Tips For Making Bałabuchy Polish Fried Buns

Serve Them Warm.

Bałabuchy are crispy right after frying. Sprinkle them with powdered sugar and don’t wait until they melt down, eat your bałabuchy right away!

Drain Off The Excess Fat Before Serving.

Put your Polish fried buns on a plate lined with paper towels to drain off excess fat.

What To Serve Bałabuchy With?

Bałabuchy can be eaten solo, however, they taste best with add-ons such as:
  • powidło (plum jam)
  • powdered sugar
  • any kind of fruit jam
  • fresh fruits
  • marmalade

Balabuchy – Polish Deep Fried Buns Recipe

Yield: 6 servings

Balabuchy - Polish Deep Fried Buns Recipe


Easy recipe for balabuchy.

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 43 minutes


  • 1oz/30g of fresh yeast
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • oil


  1. Mix yeast with warm milk.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix egg yolks, flour, and sugar.
  3. Add milk with yeast and mix together using a hand. A person prepares Balabuchy by kneading dough in a bowl.
  4. Cover the bowl with a clean cloth and leave it in a warm place for the dough to grow (for 1-1,5h).
  5. When the dough is ready, heat the oil in a pan.
  6. Start frying your bałabuchy: take 1 heaped tbsp of the dough and place on the hot oil. Fry them on each side until they change the color into brownish. Traditional Polish recipe for Balabuchy, two bowls of batter being cooked on a stove top.
  7. After frying, place bałabuchy briefly on a plate lined with paper towels to drain off excess fat.

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    Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 125mgSodium: 19mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 2gSugar: 18gProtein: 9g

    These data are indicative and calculated by Nutritionix


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