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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Polish Paczkis for Fat Tuesday

Fat Tuesday (also known as Marti Gras and Carnevale) is Paczki Day for Polish-Americans. That is to say, a day to eat holiday donuts called Paczkis! They are filled with custard or a variety of jellies. The bread is fluffy and sticky with sugar. I’d vote for more custard than we found in ours, but I’m greedy like that.

We bought our Paczkis from Copernicus European Deli (617 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48104; (734) 222-9633.) They specialize in Polish specialties, from pirogues to spices. I recommend stopping in for the great bread in the back.

I’d never heard of a Paczki before and read about them on Tuesday morning in the Here’s what Edward Vielmetti wrote about them:

Paczki Day is an annual Polish-American celebration of Fat Tuesday, celebrated in other places as Mardi Gras. The last of your rich, sweet foods you have saved up is made into a sort of jelly doughnut, though they are distinguished from the typical domestic jelly doughnut by the richness of the dough, which generally has eggs and milk. You are thus prepared for the austerity of Lent, which starts on Ash Wednesday.

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