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Paczki Day Who’s In?

It’s Paczki day, this is the day those who appreciate an authentic paczek travel to their local Polish bakeries to feast upon the paczki. Americans celebrate Paczki Day on Fat Tuesday; however it celebrated on Fat Thursday in Poland.

What Is A Paczki?

Don’t call that paczki a doughnut! Paczkisoriginated in Poland and are deep fried pieces of dough which are then flattened into a sphere and filled with a fruit or crème filling. The paczki are then topped with icing, powedered sugar or orange zest.

The traditional paczki are filled with plum, prune or rose hip jam; however the most popular flavors are blueberry, custard, raspberry, apple, Bavarian crème and strawberry.

Similar to a jelly doughnut, the difference in the paczki is the rich dough and a touch of Spiritus in the dough prior to cooking. Aficionados will also note that the grocery store version of paczki is a poor cousin to an authentic paczki.

How Do You Say Paczki?

Paczki is pronounced POONCH-KEE . And for the linguists amongst the paczki connoisseurs, a paczek is a single paczki, paczki is plural though paczkis is accepted as well.

Never Heard Of The Paczki?

The paczki is well known in areas of the United States that have a large Polish population. Southern Canada also partakes in Paczki Day. Cities in the midwest commonly celebrate Paczki Day with parades, Paczki Runs for Charity and paczki parties at work. It is not unusual for a co worker to make the 20-40 mile trek from the suburbs to the authentic Polish bakeries where they stand in line to bring dozens of paczki back to the office.

Isn’t A Paczki Like A Jelly Doughnut?

Absolutely not. A true paczki is lighter, spongier and has a richer taste than a jelly doughnut. Jelly doughnuts tend to be ‘heavy’ and can be used as a weapon if needed.

How Many Calories Are In A Paczki?

One of the main rules of Paczki Day is that no calorie counting is allowed. It is against paczki tradition.


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MsBiz wrote on February 17, 2015, 4:39 PM

I had a Polish boss years ago who brought in some to the office for us all to try. I haven't had any since, but I remember them being wonderful!

j2jworkz wrote on February 17, 2015, 4:54 PM

MsBiz your health probably thanks you, but a true authentic paczki is delicious!

seren3 wrote on February 17, 2015, 10:14 PM

Well I would certainly try one. Once! Wish I could have one more often.

j2jworkz wrote on February 18, 2015, 12:08 AM

seren3 one can't beat an authentic paczki, may one come your way in the future :)

BeckyWiegers wrote on February 18, 2015, 6:30 AM

Packzi rules around here. Pittsburgh, PA and the entire northern panhandle of WV, have large Polish populations which benefits the rest of us greatly - especially at puckzi time!

j2jworkz wrote on February 18, 2015, 9:34 AM

BeckyWiegers it is a definite benefit at P time :)

BodieMor wrote on February 18, 2015, 2:44 PM

My mother's father who immigrated to Winnipeg, Canada from the Ukraine long ago, had many Polish friends. He used to call those pastries "jam busters". I never knew if that was a local name for them or only his, but he turned his nose up at jelly donuts...