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Polish Paczki

Polish Paczki

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Definition: Polish for a round, bismarck-like yeast cake eaten on Fat Tuesday or Paczki Day in the United States, and on Fat Thursday or Tłusty Czwartek in Poland. The last six days of Carnival season (karnawal) -- from Tłusty Cwartek to Shrove Tuesday -- are known as zapusty. Shrove Tuesday is known as Śledziówka or Herring Day when herring are eaten instead of pączki. Shrove Tuesday is also known as Ostatki, which literally means "lasts," and refers to the last day to party hearty before Lent begins. The start of Carnival season is usually on Twelfth Night or Epiphany, Jan. 6. The traditional Polish way to celebrate Carnival is with a kulig, a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow and a hearty outdoor meal like bigos cooked over a open fire. Things are changing and bar-hopping is taking the place of kuligs. See this how to make pączki video.
Pronunciation: POHNCH-kee, Americans say POONCH-kee. Singular is pączek, pronounced POHNCH-ek.
We ate so many pączki we couldn't move.

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