I didn’t expect that one of the Polish sweetness which we eat especially during the last week of the carnival can make a big splash in Madeira. Faworki (chruściki) are traditional sweet crunchy pastries, in the form of thin twisted ribbons and they are quite easy to make. You have to try them.


  • 250-300 grams of wheat flour
  • 4-5 tablespoons of cream 18-20%
  • 3-4 egg yolks
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons of rum / vodka / strong alcohol
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 500-1000ml of oil for frying
  • powder sugar for sprinkling


  • In a bowl, combine wheat flour, cream, egg yolks, salt, alcohol, and baking powder. Knead the dough.
  • You need approximately 10-15 minutes to work with the dough. It’s also good to roll out the dough with a rolling pin for about 3-4 minutes. It will be airier. With this activity, you can get rid of all your stress 🙂
  • Sprinkle the tabletop with a little flour. Roll out the whole into a thin dough.
  • First, cut the dough into strips approximately 2-3 cm wide and then into rectangles or diamonds. Score each piece in the middle and pass one end of the dough through the notch.
  • Faworki fry in hot fat until golden brown on both sides (about 1-2 minutes side). Remove with a slotted spoon and drain the fat on a paper towel. Finally, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Enjoy your meal and share these awesome pastries with your friends!

I made faworki first time in my life here in Madeira and I have to admit I was surprised I made them well. Although after few tries I realized they are easy to make. So good luck!

Stella Kołodziejczak
Volunteer at Teatro Metaphora – Associação de Amigos das Artes
European Solidarity Corps  
To know more: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity_en

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