Growing up in Metro Detroit, Mardi Gras (or more often called Fat Tuesday) meant one thing: paczki! If you're from a Polish-American area you'll know exactly how to pronounce this sought-after yearly treat. They're like jelly doughnuts but, well, better!
The secret behind paczki (pronounced punch-key) is a very rich dough, which results in a treat that weighs about twice what you'd expect it to by looks alone. In Metro Detroit and other Polish-American regions of the U.S., paczkis are the quintessential way to celebrate Mardi Gras. However, in Poland, they are traditionally served on the Thursday before Lent.
Have you tried paczki?
Related: Fat Tuesday: Pancakes, Donuts or Something Else?
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