How to make ptysie? A delicious Polish dessert?

by Jan Vasil
Ptysie, Polish dessert from steamed dough.

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 Jan Vasil 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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