Paczki Day

Cathy Bush of Coopersville traveled all the way to Spring Lake this morning to pick up several dozen paczkis. "I'm picking up orders for six different people,' said the Coopersville Public Schools employee.
Tribune Staff
Feb 22, 2012


Bush said she bought the sweet treats at the Wesco store in Spring Lake because there was no place to get them in Coopersville.

Today is Fat Tuesday, the day before the Christian season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras, which is French for “Fat Tuesday,” is also known as Shrove Tuesday. It is the last day of feasting before Lent begins.

Lent is the season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.

Historically, Fat Tuesday has been an opportunity for Polish Catholics to eat all the sugar, eggs and lard in their house before Lent.

Whether Catholic or not, however, many Americans have adopted the Fat Tuesday celebration by eating Polish doughnuts called paczkis. They are fried dough filled with fruit preservatives or sweet cream, and topped with powdered sugar or glaze.

Want to make your own? Click here for a recipe for Polish paczki from Maria Slabodnik Sielewicz of Northwest Indiana. Maria’s recipe uses whole eggs, and she makes her own strawberry jam to fill them, to make about 50 paczkis.

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