Happy Pączki Day!
You’ll have to get your own. The above pączek is mine. Keep your mits off it. I’m saving it for after I finish this post.
For those who live in Polish communities, not just in New England, but across the US, this celebration of the supersized hybrid jelly doughnut extraordinare comes to us from the immigrants of Poland, where these confections were made since the Middle Ages. Very rich, very tasty, and oozing with a fruit or custard filling.
Back in the old country they were popular on the last Thursday before Lent, to use up all the lard, sugar, eggs, and fruit, forbidden during Lent. In the US, probably because of all the Mardi Gras hoopla, Fat Tuesday has become Even Fatter Tuesday with the addition of this Polish heaven-on-earth treat. Hie thee to a Polish bakery.
Post over. Let the pączki eating begin.