Fat Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 is Paczki Day. If you’ve never seen this word before it can look a little scary to pronounce and you’ll most likely mispronounce it anyway. Emigrates of Poland pronounce them as “Pooch-key” or “Punch-key”, or even “Poonch-key”.
Paczki’s are round, fruit filled, sugar coated Polish pastries that were once served annually on the day before Lent, which was a time of abstinence that was observed by Roman Catholics.They were originally made to use up the leftover lard and eggs which were prohibited during Lent. Nowadays they’re more of a tasty treat. Paczki actually means “little package” in Polish.
These days the Paczki is essentially a large dough ball that is rich in egg yolks. It is deep fried and filled with flavored filling such as raspberry, custard, strawberry, apricot, cheese, apple, or the traditional prune filling. Afterwards it is glazed with sugar and rolled in fine sugar.
If you are looking to get your Paczki fix take a look at our list of local bakeries where you can get them: