An old Polish proverb states, “If you don’t eat at least one doughnut on Shrove Tuesday, you will not be successful in the new year.” As a precursor to the Lent season of personal sacrifice for Catholics, Shrove Tuesday marks the end of Carnival, and across the world, it’s a day of partying …and using up the dairy, lard, and egg supply making the traditional pastry known in Poland and America as pączki. This year, Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras in French) is on February 9th.
Pączki dough has lots of eggs and sugar, making them richer than other doughnuts, and they’re traditionally fist-sized and nearly spherical. Fillings are fruit marmalade (prune, rosehip and candied orange, or raspberry) and custard, and some are made without filling and rolled in granulated sugar while still warm. Self-respecting Polish bakeries never make their pączki in advance, nor use preservatives; dough is made in the wee hours of the morning and sold hot from the frying grease as soon as the doors open and until they’re gone.
In that fine tradition, Cantoro will be making fresh pączkis while supplies last. You can ensure you’ll get some by calling ahead (734) 420-1100. On February 9th only, we’ll be making cannoli-cream-filled pączki that you can watch being filled before you take some home! We’re trusting you that some of them will arrive back at home or the office after being left alone with you in the car, but you’d better order a couple extra just in case.