For those of you elsewhere in the country who've not seen that word before, it's pronounced POONCH-key, and they're a delicacy. What are paczki? They look like donuts, but there's so much more.
Here's my paczki. Get your own.
Part of Fat Tuesday involves indulgence and decadence before Catholics start fasting for lent. In traditional Polish households, this involved using up the sugar and lard as well. In the bakeries of Hamtramck, they make the best paczki in the country. New Orleans may have Mardi Gras, but Detroit has Paczki Day.
These little guys are stuffed with fruit filling or custard. Custard is my favorite.
Here's the hard facts on paczki, from the folks at Beaumont Hospital.
A typical 5-ounce paczek contains about 420 calories and 25 or more grams of fat. It's loaded with refined carbohydrates, which are directly converted into fat.So they're not good for you, but what the hell. It's only one day a year.
To burn off a paczek requires 30-47 minutes of running, 40-60 minutes of cycling, 85-120 minutes of walking or 90-135 minutes of bowling.
As of 10:15, I am two paczki into my day. It may not be healthy, but it's something I gotta do. It's all part of being a good Polish Catholic.
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