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Papanasi cu cirese.jpg
CourseMain, Dessert
Place of originRomania
Main ingredientssoft cheese, jam

Papanași[1] is a Romanian traditional fried or boiled pastry, doughnut shaped with a small sphere on top. They are usually filled with a soft cheese such as urdă. Papanași are served covered in sour cream and with any kind of sour jam topping.

The word papanași may come from the Latin papa or pappa, which means "food for children".[2]


  1. ^ "Definition of papanași" (in Romanian). DEX on line.
  2. ^ salveto - Dictionary latin-french Gaffiot on line - LEXILOGOS