When I was a child my family lived all over the place and it was difficult to travel to be together. I still have fond memories of watching the Braves play while sitting on my grand father’s lap, and of the entire family making spaghetti sauce( a story for another day). As an adults, We made the choice to live here in Ohio so we could be near family. With that, we now have many family traditions and I thought maybe sharing them with you would inspire more memories being made. So here’s all about our Paczki making tradition.
What are Paczki?
Paczki are basically a polish donut. These donuts are rich and delicious with their powder sugar coating! In stores these are filled with jelly but I’m telling you that the homemade ones are so much tastier and if you ask anyone in our family they will tell you those aren’t real Paczki! How on earth do you say Paczki ?PUUNCH-kee, PUUNSH-kee, PUNCH-kee or PAWNCH-kee, depending on who you ask it will sound a little different.
When and Why We make Paczki
In Poland, they are made to be eaten on Fat Thursday but, we make ours on the weekend before Ash Wednesday. Traditional paczki were made at this time to use up all of the eggs, sugar, and lard, since consumption of these was prohibited during Lent. We mostly make them because its a tradition that we want to keep alive, we love to honor our family’s tradition, and it’s a great excuse to eat them morning, noon, and night. 🙂
How do I make paczki?
I have included our family recipe below. Shh don’t tell.. but the actual paper recipe I have was missing half the info so I added the steps and things we do, whats great is you can completely include you children in every step except the frying part! We spend all day making wait for it 4-6 batches!!!! Ok it wasn’t all day but it was about 6 hours including rise time.