September 20: Saints Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hassang, and Companions Kkwabaegi (Korean Doughnuts)

Food for Thought with these saints and martyrs:

1. Nearly 10,000 Catholics were martyred for their faith in Korea; religious freedom didn’t even come around until 1884. Compare that to the fact that Korea has nearly 4 million Catholics today. (from Loyola Press)

2. Andrew Kim Taegon was the first native Korean priest; I love this quote from him: “We have received baptism, entrance into the Church, and the honor of being called Christians. Yet what good will this do us if we are Christians in name only and not in fact?”

9/20 doughnut

Tips for this Recipe:

The key ingredient to kkwabaegi (Korean doughnuts)?

Time. These doughnuts need a lot of time to sit and rise. I made only one on 9/20 and then the rest the following day…and even then, there was a noticeable difference in size!

9/21 doughnut

When I opened the refrigerator the following morning, I saw that the dough wrapped up BUSTED out. I’m not kidding when I say time is the crazy ingredient! Even when you compare these to the photo I took last night…these guys are incredible hulk size!!


1 cup whole milk, warm
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar, plus more for coating
2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 large egg
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
oil, for frying
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

Recipe can be found here.

Saints Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and Companions, pray for us!

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