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Happy Paczki Day!

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Happy Paczki Day!

Ellen | Mar 4, 2003 09:43 AM

Paczki (pronounced punch-key) Day is the feast of plenty celebrated by Polish Americans before the Lenten fast begins. Today, the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the traditional Paczki are sold in Polish bakeries. If you've never had them, they are deep fried pastries stuffed with chocolate cream, custard, bluberries, strawberries, prunes, apricots, etc. They really are a treat -- the eggs and butter need to be used up before Lent begins and it all makes its way into these overstuffed wonders. Jelly donuts can't hold a candle to them.

The Eagle Bakery in Trenton, NJ and Mendokers Bakery in Jamesburg, NJ sell them. Some Polish Catholic churches will also have them available to the congregation after mass this evening, so if you are in the neighborhood, you might want to check it out. Good luck!

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