Back to business and not the healthy kind – today we are celebrating Fat Thursday or ‘Tłusty Czwartek’ as I have always known it to be called. A day for eating doughnuts, or Polish pączki, as well as sweet pastry twists known as chrusty, or faworki and as much sweet food as you can get your hands on. Fat Thursday is, in fact, celebrated in many countries all over the world – in Italy my sister is celebrating Giovedì Grasso and the start of Carnivale, in Germany you might finish work early and get an unofficial holiday. Fat Thursday signals the start of lent – you try and use up all the butter, sugar and eggs in the house that you are not supposed to eat until Easter Sunday. In England, we wait until Shrove Tuesday, of course, and eat pancakes. Either way, there’s no better day, or excuse to miss out on eating Polish doughnuts, a taste of my childhood, traditionally filled with plum jam or rose petal jam and drizzled with icing. Today, I’ve been invited to my local Polish delicatessen to eat doughnuts with them (Poles are incredibly friendly and hospitable!) and I’ve baked a delicious Polish sernik or cheesecake and lots of other Polish treats to eat with friends tonight. I’ll be sharing the cheesecake, recipe, soon.
Polish doughnuts, Pączki
In the meantime, if you want to try your hand at making some Polish sweet treats, check out these Fat Thursday or Tłusty Czwartek recipes over at Bigos UK. In particular, I’d recommend these chrusty or faworki (angel wings) from Margot (Gocha) at Coffee and Vanilla or try these Polish Doughnuts from Anula’s Kitchen.
More sweet treats coming up…
Karpatka – Carpathian Mountain Cake
Sernik – Baked Polish Cheesecake
More of my Polish recipes