Ahhhh yes, that time of the year is coming around again!
Every single year, I always treat myself to a delicious Paczki….pronounced poon-shki for anyone outside of the polish decent.
According to Wikipedia, here is what Fat Tuesday is all about: Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season. Related popular practices are associated with Shrovetide celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent.
So….eat a lot, but where does Paczki fall into this equation? Paczki is an age old tradition where polish families would take basically all the fats, butter, dough, and fruits leftover from the Winter season. Roll them into a donut like pastry, and load the hell up on calories. A traditional Paczki is usually either glazed or sugared….NEVER frosted.
Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to find traditional Paczki in Iowa…every year I have bought them, they are always covered in frosting which basically makes them a normal bismark, and they have cream filling, while delicious….fruit is the way to go.
Eat those calories tomorrow!