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What baked goods are you craving?

stevewi | Sep 19, 201505:08 PM     4

At the Portland Polish Festival today, I had a chocolate "pạczek" (pronounced "pawn-chek"... "pạczki" is plural...pronounced "pawnch-ki"). It's kinda like a jelly donut but can be stuffed with all kinds of stuff...chocolate, custard, fruit of different kinds, etc. (they can also be savory...e.g., cheese or onion jam and poppy seeds -- although I think they're called something else if they're savory but the concept is the same). I brought a hazelnut creme one for later (hazelnuts would be an Oregon variation...they would be very expensive in Poland because they would have been imported from Turkey). The pastry and the filling are only mildly sweet so it's not so much of a sugar rush. The usual topping is powdered sugar but they can also be glazed.

The A. Blikle ("bleak-leh") bakery in Poland (stores in Warszawa, Łódź, and Wrocław) makes them stuffed with a jam made from rose petals. It's their house specialty for which they are world-famous. In Warszawa, A. Blikle is on ul. Nowy Swiát ("New World Street") -- kinda between the uber-trendy central shopping district and the University (just in case you happen to be on your way to Warszawa soon...).

I'd just about kill for one of those...

-- sw

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