Try Paczki On Fat Tuesday, But Watch Calories

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Why do they call it Fat Tuesday? Because each Polish paczki you eat typically has 300 to 450 calories and 22 to 27 grams of fat. Some other sources say each paczki may have up to 500 calories.

Paczki is a Polish doughnut, popular on Mardi Gras. It has so many calories that is why the day is called Fat Tuesday. People parties and eat "fat" food because the next day marks the first day of the 40-day long lent, ending with Easter.

Paczki, is what is known as the original Polish donut, no one will ever agree on how to pronounce them, but everyone will agree that you cannot eat just one or even two.

Paczki are maid and eaten on Fat Tuesday the day before Ash Wednesday.

Paczki are round sugar coated, fruit filled Polish pastry. Originally Paczki were maid to use up the lard and eggs, which were prohibited during lent.

Today they are maid and served as a last- minute, beginning before lent knowing that you will not see any pastry during this time.

Today Paczki are becoming what a cake is to a birthday or turkey and pumpkin pie is to Thanksgiving and fruitcake is to Christmas.
People all over purchase them by the dozens to share with their friends and relatives and even co-workers, Paczki are the #1 donut sold at this time of year.

Most people of the Polish background have Paczki in their homes at this particular time of the year, at my bakery we fill them with prunes which is the original way as I learned as a child but you can use anything that you like and you don't have to be Polish to enjoy them.

Andrew Krause is a Chef and Pastry Chef for over 30 years, at persent he owns a Gourmet Bakery called The Cheese Confectioner. You can visit his site at (the site is down during the time of the publication of this story).


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I used to work in a bakery and know some hidden facts about Paczkis that most people don't consider. Paczkis are produced in mass quantity causing the oil temp to drop below specs. The cooler oil temp causes more oil/fat absorbtion in two ways. When oil temps aren't hot enough, a seal isn't formed quickly enough to prevent extra absorbtion. Also, this causes the need for a longer frying time=more oil/fat absorbtion.

Submitted by M (not verified) on
Paczki are traditionally eaten on fat Thursday, like today 16 Feb 2012, not fat Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday is a traditional day for eating pancakes in the UK. But you are correct in saying that paczki have a lot of calories.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I agree, the traditional POLISH paczki day is Fat Thursday (like today 2/16/12). We (Poles) do not celebrate Fat Tuesday, so it's not paczki day!

Submitted by Slovak Traditions (not verified) on
The best paczki are made with lekvar (prune) filling.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Pretty sure pastries are 'made' not 'maid.' A maid is the one wearing the uniform cleaning the house.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Pretty sure pastries are 'made' not 'maid.' A maid is the one wearing the uniform cleaning the house.

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