Gogosi – Romanian style doughnut

Gogosi is made in Romania for Christmas, Easter and special holidays.


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar + 1 teaspoon
  • Zest of one lemon

For frying:
3 cups of oil for frying

For decorations:
2 cups of icing sugar (to dust doughnuts)Vanilla sugar


Mix the yeast, warm milk, one teaspoon of sugar, and one teaspoon of flour in a small bowl and set aside to activate for 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine eggs, the remaining sugar, lemon zest, and melted butter.
Add yeast mixture and slowly incorporate the flour, until the dough is well combined.
Gently flour your workspace, and knead your dough. Place the dough in a clean bowl, cover with a tea towel, and allow it to rest for 20 minutes.

Once the dough is rested, separate it into four sections in order to make it easier to work with and roll the dough out about ¼ inch thick.
Use a medium-diameter glass to cut out circles, or another cake cutter.

Heat about 4 cups of oil (about 3” deep) in a large pan to ~350 (F) degrees.
While the oil is heating, combine vanilla sugar, and powdered sugar in a separate bowl (this is for sprinkling your doughnuts).

Place a few doughnuts in at a time, allowing them to fry for about a minute on each side. Once the doughnuts are golden brown, remove and place them on paper towel lined tray.

Allow the doughnuts to cool down for a couple of minutes, and you can either roll them in icing sugar, or use a sieve to sprinkle them lightly before serving.

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