Paczki in PDX
After reading over the San Francisco Chow board about everyones search for paczki in the BayArea, I suddenly developed a curious appetite for paczki in Portland.
Just for a Fat Tuesday fix...
SF hounds were reporting that some local bakeries were actually flying in paczki from Chicago to fill the need and that the local Polish church in the City was offering paczki at its "once every year" sale to the church community.
The SF BayArea gets paczki once a year.
And what about Portland?
Well, I am happy to report that, here in Portland, we are able to enjoy the cultural bliss and comfort of paczki year round! St. Stanislaus Catholic Church sells paczki every other Sunday in their cafeteria dining hall located in the basement of the church. The next sale should be March 26. around noon.
And the taste?
This was the first time I had ever tried paczki, so I have absolutely no idea what makes for a good paczki. But I can tell you that it was doughnut-like and about the size of a tennis ball that had a sugar glaze or was dusted with confectioners sugar. It was slightly dense and not overly sweet unlike regular cake-type doughnuts. It was also filled with what I think was a prune preserve.
I am not a fan of heavily sugared treats, so I really enjoyed my newly discovered paczki! It aint no Voodoo, but it was just as good!
Also, I think it is great that an ethnic community can maintain its cultural identity and share its food with the rest of Portland without going commercial. Its all about heart.
St. Stanislaus Parish
3916 N. Interstate Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97227