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Old 02-28-2006, 11:22 AM   #31
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Here's one of the paczki I mentioned in the IHOP thread...

(It's pronounced poonch-kee)



We don't have the pancakes or hot cross buns here in metro Detroit. We have paczki for Fat Tuesday.

More info..
http://www.polishnews.com/fulltext/c...chef82_1.shtml

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/a...=2006602280369

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Old 02-28-2006, 11:39 AM   #32
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ronjohn, last sunday morning i hit the local polish bakery for rye, ham, and potato salad and i saw those paczki. i was tempted, but the 4 foot tall and wide babushkas beat me, literally, to it.
i read something about that they are consumed the thursday or friday before ash wednesday, something like a fat thursday?
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ronjohn, last sunday morning i hit the local polish bakery for rye, ham, and potato salad and i saw those paczki. i was tempted, but the 4 foot tall and wide babushkas beat me, literally, to it.
i read something about that they are consumed the thursday or friday before ash wednesday, something like a fat thursday?
Bucky! You're still alive! Thank goodness! Yes, NEVER mess with Polish grandmother (Babcia) in a babushka, you're lucky they didn't pinch your cheeks to death!

The paczki came about in the build up to lent as a means to use up all the "decadent" things around the house before the fasting and sacrifice of lent (you know, get all the crap out of the house before you start the diet!).
Fat Tuesday is the big day for it, but you do start seeing them beforehand.

There's actually a Polish market I go to that has them year round, since paczki is really just Polish for "donut". They do seem to get a bit bigger this time of year though. The box of a dozen that I brought in this morning easily weighed over 2 pounds.

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Old 02-28-2006, 11:50 AM   #34
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One tip for all you pancake makers. Don't whisk the mixture too much....

I was worried about the lumps, did it fine the other day. Humph.
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Old 02-28-2006, 12:10 PM   #35
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ronjohn, i just googled paczki, and found out that in america paczki day is fat tuesday, and in poland, it is fat thursday, aka thusty czwartek.

lol, maybe they haven't grasped the concept of a calendar yet, and are using one from a few years ago... ( i knew i could come up with a polish joke for that one )

my neighborhood is so polish that when i was talking a walk down my block the other day, 2 people tried to begin conversations in polish with me: one in a car asking directions, the other on foot asking for a neighbor's address. and all kidding aside, the woman in the car was going up the block, a one way, the wrong way.
i told her she was driving like a dupa!
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chocolate chip pancakes for me :)
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Old 02-28-2006, 12:59 PM   #37
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Well we traditionally do potato pancakes for dinner today. Mmmmmmm. I will likely do something else too. And Ken, if you read this...YOU'RE GETTING RICE PANCAKES!!
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Old 02-28-2006, 05:44 PM   #38
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I made a batch of hot cross buns (OK, so my religious days are WELL behind me!) and they tasted delicious!
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