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Papanași Sinaia.jpg
CourseMain, Dessert
Place of originRomania, Moldova
Main ingredientssoft cheese, jam

Papanași[1] is a Romanian and Moldovan 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 a 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