Ptysie are one of the most popular Polish desserts. There are very simple and delicious.

But what are ptysie actually?

Ptysie, a Polish dessert from steamed dough.

Ptyś or ptysie is a confectionary made from steamed dough and usually filled with either meringue or whipped cream filling.

The name is coming from the French petit-choux which describes a shape similar to the head of a cabbage. Petit-choux was often spelled pti-szu in Poland and it eventually evolved to the name we know today – Ptyś or ptysie.

And how to make Ptysie at home?

Here is a recipe I’ve tried recently.

Ptysie, Polish dessert recipe.

How to make ptysie? A delicious Polish dessert?

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Recipe by tasteisyours Course: Recipe bookCuisine: PolishDifficulty: easy


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  • Steamed dough:

  • 1 cup of water

  • 150 g of butter

  • 1 cup of flour

  • 5 eggs

  • Pinch of salt

  • 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar

  • 500 ml double cream, the best is the one with 36% fat

  • 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar


  • Steamed dough:
  • Pour 1 cup of water into a pot and add 150g of butter, a pinch of salt, and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Bring to a boil. Meanwhile, add 1 cup of flour to a bigger bowl and then pour over the content from the pot. Mix with a wooden spoon until all is combined and the dough starts to stick together. Once the dough is ready let it cool down a bit. 
  • Once cooled but not completely cold, start adding the 5 eggs one by one, mixing the dough all the time.
  • Transfer the dough to a confectionary bag and place the star shape ending on. Lay out a sheet of baking paper on a baking sheet and pour the dough into smaller (tennis ball) sized balls. Keep bigger distances between the balls as the dough will grow significantly during baking.
  • Bake the in the preheated oven for 20 minutes at 200ºC. After baking transfer to a cooling rack and leave to cool completely.
  • Whipped cream:
  • Pour the double cream into a bigger bowl and whip until hard peek. Add a tablespoon of powdered sugar and mix for a few more seconds.
  • Ptysie:
  • Cut the baked steamed dough lengthwise and fill it with the whipped cream. Dust with some powdered sugar on top and enjoy.
  • You can keep ptysie in a fridge for 3-4 days. (if they will last until then 🙂 ).


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