Happy Pączki Day!

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Mmm, mmm, mmm…doesn’t that look really good?  Today is Fat Tuesday, which is also the day to eat pączki, a Polish treat traditionally eaten the day before Ash Wednesday.  This tasty tradition stems from bakers emptying their cabinets of the butter, cream, sugar, and lard and making these morsels to be consumed before Lent begins.  The traditional pastry includes butter, cream, a prune or apple filling, and some type of powder or sugar to cover the dough.  Pączki are typically found in cities where the Polish community is strong, such as Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Buffalo, but you can also look for them in your local bakery.  The box above was bought at the Meijer in east Louisville.

 

Happy Pączki Day!

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