Paczki is a delicious Polish pastry, pronounced "POONCH-key" in the plural and "POONCH-kah" for one of them. The name paczka means "little package."
|Paczki dusted with powdered sugar and granulated sugar.|
For Polish Catholic communities in America Paczki Day is celebrated on Fat Tuesday, the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.
The baking of Paczki was traditionally a way to use up all of the fat (lard - now called vegetable shortening), sugar and fruit in the house as they were forbidden during Lent.
Paczki is an extra large dough ball, rich in egg yolks and deep fried, like a donut. Overfilled with raspberry, strawberry, custard, lemon, cream cheese and the traditional filling of prune, they are topped with powdered sugar or granulated sugar.
A Paczki is not a jelly filled doughnut, it is much richer, and people of Polish decent thinks it tastes better!
polish for bon appetit