Paczki Day: Chicago bakery celebrates Fat Tuesday

It?s Fat Tuesday and Delightful Pastries in Chicago?s Jefferson Park neighborhood is frying up paczkis for the big day.
March 4, 2014 4:36:44 AM PST
It's Fat Tuesday and Delightful Pastries in Chicago's Jefferson Park neighborhood is frying up paczkis for the big day.

FAST FACTS:
Paczki day is an annual tradition celebrated in Poland on the 27th of February but here in America, it's celebrated on March 4, Fat Tuesday."
The team is cranking out delicious homemade Pasczki to the tune of 1000s per day to meet pre-order demands of 36,000 plump and delicious filled authentic Polish Paczki.
The traditional Paczki is "all about the dough. It's denser; it's a yeast dough that doesn't collapse when you bite in," said Dobra.
"One of the reasons ours are so good is that we don't use any additives; everything is from scratch ? flour, sugar, water, eggs are the base
Traditional varieties: Fresh Strawberry & Whipped Cream, Custard Topped with Chocolate Fudge, Apricot Jelly, Raspberry Jelly, Rose Petal Jelly, Plum Butte ? Gourmet flavors: Cannoli Paczki or Passion Fruit Jelly, there's a Delightful Paczki for every taste.
Delightful Pastries "drunken" Paczki that has had helped Delightful make its mark nationally, with three booze-filled choices: Jameson Whiskey with Chocolate Custard, Vodka and Custard with Madagascar Vanilla, and Lemon Curd with Moonshine.
Delightful Pastries locations (Jefferson Park on Lawrence; Old Town on Wells and the West Loop at the Chicago French Market)
Opened their first location in Jefferson Park 16 years ago

Paczki Day at Delightful Pastries in Chicago If there ever was a question as to whom rules the queendom of Paczki making in Chicago, these photos will help solve the query. The mother-daughter team of Stasia Hawryszczuk and Dobra Bielinski, partners of Chicago's Delightful Pastries with brother Robert Hawryszczuk, and his wife Nico Hua rule the roost. The team, with an able-bodied staff of helpers, is cranking out delicious homemade Pasczki to the tune of 1000s per day to meet pre-order demands of 36,000 plump and delicious filled authentic Polish Paczki. If you think Paczki are the same as doughnuts, think again. The traditional Paczki is "all about the dough. It's denser; it's a yeast dough that doesn't collapse when you bite in," said Dobra. "One of the reasons ours are so good is that we don't use any additives; everything is from scratch ? flour, sugar, water, eggs are the base.: Paczki day is an annual tradition celebrated in Poland on the 27th of February but here in America, it's celebrated on March 4, Fat Tuesday." Whether you're a purist, choosing traditional varieties such as Fresh Strawberry & Whipped Cream, Custard Topped with Chocolate Fudge, Apricot Jelly, Raspberry Jelly, Rose Petal Jelly, Plum Butter, or want a gourmet flavor such as Cannoli Paczki or Passion Fruit Jelly, there's a Delightful Paczki for every taste. However, it's Delightful Pastries "drunken" Paczki that has had helped Delightful make its mark nationally, with three booze-filled choices: Jameson Whiskey with Chocolate Custard, Vodka and Custard with Madagascar Vanilla, and Lemon Curd with Moonshine. All three Chicago area Delightful Pastries locations (Jefferson Park on Lawrence; Old Town on Wells and the West Loop at the Chicago French Market) will be fully stocked. Prices range from $2 to $3.25 apiece. Come hungry. It's impossible to just eat one. "

WHERE:
Delightful Pastries' Jefferson Park location:
5927 W. Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL 60630
(773) 545-7215
http://www.delightfulpastries.com/index.html


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