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Pączki Day / How to make your own pączki!
Pączki Day / How to make your own pączki! 

What is "Święconka"?
What is Pączki Day?
Pączki are traditional Polish doughnuts. Pączki is the plural form of the word pączek in Polish, but many English speakers use pączki as singular and paczkis as plural. A pączek 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 
pączki are usually covered with powdered sugar, icing or bits of fried orange zest. Pączki have been known in Poland at least since the Middle Ages. Pączki Day Traditionally, the reason for making pączki 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: Tłusty czwartek, not to be confused with Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday). In heavily Polish Catholic areas of the United States, Pączki Day is celebrated with pączki-eating contests, music and other Polish food. 
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How to make pączki. / Jak zrobić pączki.
Nie ma karnawału bez pączków :) I o ile nie jestem ogromną miłośniczką pączków, to są takie, które lubię bardzo. Pączki jakie lubię powinny być mięciutkie, pulchniutkie, nadziane konfiturą truskawkową lub różaną, polane lukrem i posypane płatkami migdałowymi. Za takimi pączkami nie raz staliśmy w tłusty czwartek w mega… Czytaj dalej »

Lyrics to  
"Les yeux dans les étoiles" 
by David

J'ai beau coucher avec une autre
 C'est à toi que je pense
 C'est pas vraiment ma faute
 Si je recule quand j'avance

Je cherche à t'oublier
 Mais rien ne pourra jamais
 De ma vie t'effacer
 Toi qui m'a tout donné
 Toi qui a construit ma vie

Si tu voles aujourd'hui
 Si tu as mis les voiles
 Je te regarde assis
 Les yeux dans les étoiles


J'ai beau jouer avec une autre
 C'est ton sourire que je vois
 C'est pas vraiment ma faute
 S'il n'y a rien que toi

Je cherche à t'éviter
 Mais nul ne pourra jamais
 De ma vie t'effacer
 Toi qui m'a tout donné
 Toi qui m'a rendu la vie

Si tu voles aujourd'hui
 Si tu as mis les voiles
 Je te regarde assis
 Les yeux dans les étoiles


J'ai beau pleurer avec une autre
 C'est tes larmes qui scintillent
 C'est pas vraiment ma faute
 Si j'ai les yeux qui brillent

Je cherche à t'ignorer
 Mais je ne pourrai jamais
 De ma vie t'effacer
 Toi qui m'a tout donné
 Toi qui a tout repris

Si tu voles aujourd'hui
 Si tu as mis les voiles
 Je te regarde assis
 Les yeux dans les étoiles
 ■ 550 g wheat flour
 ■ 50 g fresh yeast
 ■ 250 ml milk
 ■ 50 g sugar
 ■ 4 egg yolks
 ■ 3 tablespoons olive oil
 ■ 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
 ■ teaspoon rum or spiritus

You will also need:
 ■ marmalade or jam (rose-hip preserves, rose-petal jam, plum butter or any other favorite thick fruit filling are best)
 ■ almond flakes
 ■ 1 cup powdered sugar
 ■ about 2 tablespoons water
 ■ cooking oil

Healthier Version
Step 1 Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm milk. 

Step 2 Mix all dough ingredients in a bowl. 

Step 3 Then knead to smooth dough. Put in bowl and let stand covered for 1 hour.
Step 4 After one hour, remove the dough from the bowl and knead again. 

Step 5 Roll the dough to a thickness of about 1.5 cm ( one half inch). Use a glass or cup to cut into circles.
Step 6 Heat the oil in a frying pan and put in the donuts. Oil should be 175 C (350 F). Fry on both sides until golden brown color, and place donuts on absorbent paper or a non-stick surface.
Step 7 Use a syringe to fill donuts with jam. Frost and sprinkle with almond flakes.
According to the Polish American Encyclopedia, "In 2001, the sale of pączki totalled some $300 million nation-wide." - p. 350
LEFT: Homemade pączki 
Photo credit: Andrew Golebiowski
to view photos and videos of this special event!
Our annual Ostatki: A Polish Carnival Celebration will take place on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 6:30 PM at the Youngstown Country Club in Youngstown, Ohio.


This Slavic-inspired Pre-Lenten Celebration includes samples of elite vodkas and Polish beers—imported for the event and not normally available in Ohio--complimented this year with an upgraded Polish gourmet, live music, dancing, trivia contest and—of course, a pączki parade and prizes.

Pre-Lenten Event in Youngstown, Ohio
- Tłusty Czwartek, or Fat Thursday is the Polish version of the French Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday). This year United Cultural Society and Polish Happy Hour Buffalo will be celebrating 2 Polish Happy Hour Buffalo events (Event 1 / Event 2) before Lent begins (with entertainment by the ONE, THE ONLY John Gora). Both will be held at the Millennium Hotel. Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble will be performing as well. Last year our Pączki Day drew approximately 1,000 people. We are working on some surprises for this event and we will have some amazing prizes, raffles, and silent auction items. Please invite your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers.
Looking for treble? 
Here is Jenny's Slightly Healthier Version Pączki Recipe