And Also Fat Tuesday!
Even though I have ancestors from
eastern Europe, including some from
Poland, I had never heard of the Paczki
until I moved to the American Mid-West.
A Paczki is a deep fried piece of dough with
a sweet filling, much like a jelly doughnut.
It can be glazed or covered with powdered
sugar. In some areas of the USA paczki
are very popular, with people lining up
outside bakeries to get theirs. The paczki
has been in Poland since the Middle Ages.
Traditionally they were made to use up the
sugar, eggs and fruit before the Lenten fast
that begins on Ash Wednesday.