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Sweet Saturday: Paczi Polish Jelly Donuts

Paczi

Paczi


Paczi are traditional Polish donuts with fillings like rose and plum jam. They’re particularly popular on Fat Thursday the celebration before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of lent. A few years back I got a bad impression of Paczi after purchasing a couple from my local kielbasy shop. Upon opening the bag, we got a strong whiff of smoked meats. Venturing to take a bite it even tasted of kielbasy (though it was a jelly filling) . Needless to say we began to refer to them as meat donuts. After a friend posted about Paczi and how good they were, we decided to give it another shot. At Eagle Provisions, a Polish run grocery store they were selling both rose and plum (powidl) flavors for a buck each.

Given the aforementioned baggage my first bite was small. It tasted…like a donut. It took a few more bites to get to the filling. The rose flavor was actually delicious. It’s sweet and rich but doesn’t taste as fake as jelly donuts can. It’s a perfect match for the breadiness of the paczi. The plum was nice. The filling not unexpectedly tastes like prune jelly.

If you’re in an area with a Polish population, check out a few paczi. They’re only available for a few more days. Have you tried these donuts before?

Paczi

Paczi

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