Tuesday, March 4, 2014

When Paczkis Beckon

Since the Middle Ages, the paczki (or as pronounced in the Walsh household, "punch-key") has been the last doughnut standing prior to Lent.  In an attempt to rid a kitchen of all the forbidden Catholic foods during those 40 days in the desert (creams, sugars, eggs, lard), our awesome Polish brethren whipped up these suckers:


In Chicago, paczkis sell out on Fat Tuesday by 11 am.  In lieu of my normal bakery selection, I have tried a brand new place, Chicago Creampuffs & Cakes.

So here's my dilemma:

  • I promised my pregnant neighbor a batch.
  • I promised to not eat any until Joe & the kids got home.
  • The paczkis are looking at me.

If anyone asks, I only bought one container, 'kay?

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Update: This bad boy was added to the mix at 4 pm.  Nothing like a little plastic Jesus in your dessert to keep things fun. Go King's Cake!

My butt has doubled.

16 comments:

  1. There's not enough, Marianne - why torture Joe and the boys; nail them.

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  2. What if they're bad? You'd better do a taste test before you put yourself in danger by delivering unsatisfactory paczkis to a pregnant lady. She could hurt you.
    Better to be safe, Mar.

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    1. Taking one for the team - I like how you think, Tina!

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  3. Green with paczki envy.........I don't think Chips Ahoy can even begin to cure this one!

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    1. Sorry. Would it help if I lied and told you they were really bad?

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  4. Why do you torture me with this Polish deliciousness? I am disappointed. I thought we were friends.

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    1. MOVE Kirby! I'm holding a house for you!

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  5. I was on another blog and they were talking about the King's Cake. I don't think they do it here; never saw one in the store. Those paczkis look delicious! Honestly, I'm Polish (100%) and I don't think my mom ever made those or had those for us (probably to save the calories, LOL).

    Your secret is safe with me, I'll vouch you only bought 1 container (wink, wink)

    betty

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    1. I appreciate your willingness to deceive for me, Betty! Means a lot! xoxo Mar

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  6. I'm Polish. How do I not know about these heavenly punch-keys?? I do love a good king cake. I made one a couple years ago and mostly ate it myself.

    How can it be Lent when when Spring is never going to be here??

    -andi

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    1. Oh my God. They are fabulous. And we are definitely living in the end of days. I fear we may never get above 50 degrees again.

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  7. Oh my word, that doughnut looks so good. I've tried to give up excess sugar for Lent and it's just been a disaster. I think I'm eating more. I don't know what the heck is wrong w/ me.

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    1. Sugar is my crack. I fear I will never be in recovery for that one.

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