Pączki (Polish Jelly Donuts)


Pączki (Polish Jelly Donuts)

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

You’ve heard of Dunkin’ Donuts? What about Drunken Donuts? Polish pączki  are a traditional pre-Lenten treat usually served  on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday (Shrove Thurday-Tłusty Czwartek ) in Poland and Polish communities.

What is Shrove Thursday?

Shrove Thursday, also called Fat Thursday, is a Polish version of Mardis Gras, Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday. With sweets abstained during Lent, it is customary to enjoy these jelly donuts, the way some might enjoy Beignets.

What is the difference between a paczki and a donut?

Essentially a paczki is a jelly donut made with an egg-enriched dough. The drunken part  comes in when a little vodka is added to the dough to inhibit the development of gluten. This keeps the dough more tender and soft.

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