I put this out on Instagram today:
“In #Poland, #pączki are eaten esp. on Fat Thursday (Tłusty Czwartek), the last Thursday prior to Ash Wednesday/Lent.” -promotional gift/food swag… delivered by a local bakery to the #cbsradio stations at #prudentialplaza while I worked Thurs morning. First I got to play the #DonutFairy, and then these extra #donuts were for my security staff. #niceworkifyoucangetit ”
More from Wiki in the Wonders of Whoa-nuts made by Poles:
“The common English pronunciation /ˈpɔːntʃki/ (pawnch-ki) imitates the Polish phonology,”
“…pączki are made from especially rich dough containing eggs, fats, sugar, yeast and sometimes milk. They feature a variety of fruit and creme fillings and can be glazed, or covered with granulated or powdered sugar. Powidl (stewed plum jam) and wild rose hip jam are traditional fillings, but many others are used as well, including strawberry, Bavarian cream, blueberry, custard, raspberry, and apple.”
“Pączki are usually covered with powdered sugar, icing or bits of dried orange zest. A small amount of grain alcohol (traditionally, Spiritus) is added to the dough before cooking; as it evaporates, it prevents the absorption of oil deep into the dough.”
The Spiritus is willing… But the flesh is weak! Mine was utterly bursting with awesome raspberry filling. Here, gimme another one of those before the next shift arrives. I’ll skip lunch.