Hamtramck, Michigan – Pàczki Day (Fat Tuesday) February 5th, 2008
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P?czki (Polish: p?czki, pronounced: [?puntchki] MP3 Pronunciation File) are traditional Polish doughnuts. P?czki is the plural form of the word p?czek (pronounced: [?puntchki]) in Polish, but many English speakers use paczki as singular and paczkis as plural.
A p?czek is a deep-fried piece of dough shaped into a flattened sphere and filled with plums or other sweet filling. A traditional filling is marmalade made from fried rose buds. Fresh paczki are usually covered with powdered sugar, icing or bits of fried orange zest. P?czki have been known in Poland at least since the Middle Ages. J?drzej Kitowicz has described that during the reign of the August III under influence of French cooks who came to Poland at that time, p?czki dough baked in Poland has been improved, so that p?czki became lighter, spongier, and more resilient. ~They are the best doughnuts on the planet by any standards.
Do you make your pàczki from a recipe handed down from your grandmother? Do you use a filing that just can’t be found in the store bought versions? Does your family tell you that there are the pàczki you make, and then there are all the rest? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then it’s time for you to claim your rightful title as the creator of the Best Homemade Pàczki in the World.
The City of Hamtramck invites all pàczki chefs to enter the Best Homemade Pàczki in the World contest at the Countdown to Pàczki Day Festival, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., February 2, 2008–the Saturday before Fat Tuesday.
No advance registration is required, and the rules are simple. You have to make the pàczki yourself, in your own kitchen. That’s it.
At 11 a.m. on February 2, bring three of your prize pàczki to the site of the Countdown to Pàczki Day tent located in the parking lot of the Town Center Plaza at the intersection of Joseph Campau and Holbrook in Hamtramck.
The best homemade pàczki, according to the festival’s panel of expert judges, will net their creator a sweet $100; the second place pàczki will be awarded $50; and the third place pàczki with receive $25. Additional prizes will be awarded for the most inventive filling.
And while you’re there, enjoy the Countdown to Pàczki Day Festival activities, including live polka entertainment by the Misty Blues and performances by Polish folk dance groups. And of course there will be free pàczki offered by our famous Hamtramck bakeries. All in a heated tent.
For more information contact Marcia Gebarowski at 313-870-0346 or by email at
P?czki (Polish: p?czki,)are traditional Polish doughnuts. P?czki is the plural form of the word p?czek in Polish, but many English speakers use paczki as singular and paczkis as plural. A p?czek is a deep-fried piece of dough shaped into a flattened sphere and filled with Plums or other sweet filling. A traditional filling is marmalade made from fried rose buds. Fresh paczki are usually covered with powdered sugar, icing or bits of fried orange zest. P?czki have been known in Poland at least since the Middle Ages. J?drzej Kitowicz has described that during the reign of the August III under influence of French cooks who came to Poland at that time, p?czki dough baked in Poland has been improved, so that p?czki became lighter, spongier, and more resilient P?czki Day Traditionally, the reason for making paczki has been to use up all the lard, sugar and fruit in the house, which are forbidden during Lent. They are eaten especially on Fat Thursday, the last Thursday before Lent (Polish: T?usty czwartek, not to be confused with Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday). In Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, and South Bend Paczki Day is more commonly celebrated on Fat Tuesday instead of Fat Thursday.
Although Bismarcks and Jelly-filled doughnuts are the more commonly used names for the pastry in the United States, Polish immigrants have popularized this type of preserve-filled doughnut in some parts of the country, especially in Hamtramck, an enclave of Detroit. Hamtramck is known to be the only U.S. city to organize an annual Paczki-Day (Fat Tuesday) Parade, and lines can be seen up to 24 hours before the deep-fried delights go on sale at the numerous local bakeries. Many bars in town open early in the morning, and provide free entertainment, a party atmosphere, and even Paczki-clad mascots. The Paczki-Day celebration in this town is even larger than many areas have for St. Patrick’s Day.
Here, prunes are considered the traditional filling, but many others are used as well, including lemon, strawberry, Bavarian cream, blueberry, custard, raspberry, and rarely apple. Due to French influence, paczki are eaten on Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) rather than on Fat Thursday. In the large Polish community of Chicago, and other large cities across the Midwest, paczki day is also celebrated annually by immigrants and locals alike. Home-made paczki glazed with fondant. Home-made paczki glazed with fondant. Another cultural phenomenon is the emergence of the “P?czki Challenge.” A eating contest in which individuals attempt to race from one side of a room (non – standard) while eating as much or as many P?czki as they can before reaching the other side. The person to reach first and having eaten the most P?czkis wins. Typically a ratio of 1 P?czki for every 10 steps is considered competitive.
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