questionshappy pączki day! does anybody else eat pączkis?

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They are big in South Bend, IN, where I'm originally from (big Polish population there); also big here in the Metro Detroit area. I just enjoyed a nice chocolate-filled paczki for breakfast. Not quite the most traditional filling, but quite delicious!

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Eat them? I can't even spell them.

j5 j5
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@j5: They are a lot more fun to eat than spell. @eraten: Would you care to share your recipe with us?

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I'm stuffing my gob with donuts today thanks to being introduced to Fasnacht Day in college. A friend from Pennsylvania enlightened me to this great tradition.

Sounds like pretty much the same thing as Pączki Day - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fasnacht_(doughnut)

Whatever you call it, have a great day and enjoy that fried dough!

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Oh yeah! Look forward to them showing up in our local store once a year...usually buy (at least) 1 box of each flavor and pig-out before they get stale. :-D Oddly enough my favorite is strawberry with powdered sugar, enjoyed with a cold beer!

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@barnabee: Of course, my wife has been making paczkis since she was a kid; so she has a family recipe memorized, but I'll give it a shot anyway.

The dough is a mixture of lard, active yeast, milk, eggs, flour, and a shot of Korbel "just because." We hand mix the dough, and let it chill in the fridge for 8 hours or so. The night prior to frying the paczkis we roll out the dough (about a quarter inch thick or so) and cut it into circles using a cookie cutter (or upside down cup). We place the paczkis on the kitchen table (we literally make 50+ paczkis, so it covers the whole table) cover them with a towel, and let them rise overnight (8 hours or so.) Once they are risen, we wake up extra early and fry them in a pot of oil til they're golden brown on each side. Let them cool, and cover them in sugar.

We haven't mastered the art of cream filling yet, so ours are plain, but still delicious!

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My Polish co-worker/friend stopped off at the bakery this morning and picked up a pile for us this morning. But they call them Berliners here in Germany. But who doesn't like a filled donut?

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@eraten: I definitely eat them, but wow, I've never made them! Hats off to you and your wife for that. Homemade doughnuts of any kind are quite an undertaking, but I'm sure well worth it in the end. I'll stick to getting mine at the local (suburban Chicago) grocery store for now.

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Here in Boston, MA, I will be picking some up from our local "triangle" in Dorchester to enjoy tonight. I told my roommate what I was getting, just the name, and she thought it was meat filled.

: D

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I grew up outside of Detroit and paczki were a tradition. Mom usually found them in the grocery stores and made sure we had at least one for everyone.

Sadly now I live in Texas and I've found people look at me like I've grown a third head when I speak about them. I'm long since given up finding any in stores.

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@jimeezlady: Crap... Now I want a freaking donut...

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@gt0163c: Pick up some fruit-filled kolaches or filled doughnuts, and pretend. I grew up eating all kinds of things I can't find in Texas or that I don't want badly enough to make myself. I've discovered that the local German and Mexican equivalents are suitable replacements.

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@aphroat: But you do have BlueBell Ice Cream that we can't get here in the NW

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@gt0163c, @aphroat, They don't have them in Texas?? I'm genuinely surprised! I'm only 35 min north of the Red River in Southern OK and they have them every year in our local Homeland Grocery Store.

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@jimeezlady: They gotta have them in Texas, 'cause everyone's a millionaire

j5 j5
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Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan have them! But they have to be real. No Kroger's grocery store junk. Those are no different than the regular jelly donuts they sell every day. Just cost more because they have to pay someone to spell paczki on the label!

I believe prune is the traditional filling, but I prefer something more like cherry or strawberry. Or even custard. But they have to be big and dense and horribly bad for you. Why else would they call it Fat Tuesday?

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@bnbsouthworth: Prunes are just one of the (delicious?) fillings. Different areas use different fillings so in one area you'll have raspberry and in another custard. But if you have a large population from a certain part of Poland then you might hear that whatever filling they're using is the "correct" one. I think my friend told me they usually put a rose flavored jelly in them in her part of the country. I like the raspberry/currant jelly I get at one bakery here. It's sweet and tart in just the right amounts. Although chocolate custard is pretty good too.