Party Like a Pole – Fat Thursday or Tłusty Czwartek

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.

Paczki Polish Donughts

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

Karpatka – Carpathian Mountain Cake

Sernik Polish Cheesecake

 Sernik – Baked Polish Cheesecake

More of my Polish recipes

Szarlotka – Apple Cake

Poppy Seed and Plum Cake

Hidden Apple, Cinnamon & Honey Cake

Happy Doughnut Day!


  1. says

    I am reading this at 7.15 am, hungry, and having to settle for porridge rather than a plum jam-filled doughnut, or slab of Karpatka. Jealous is an understatement 😀 It’s always good to learn about food traditions & this is one of the more delicious ones I’ve seen. And you are so right about Polish hospitality. My daughter was a flower girl in a wedding held in Krakow & the feasting & festivities went on for days. We were exhausted!

    • Ren says

      Yes, ‘slab; is the appropriate word for the Carpatka, it looks like such a delicate cake but it’s filled with creme patisserie, so it is quite something! I bet your daughter looked so beautiful, did she have to wear a traditional Polish costume?

  2. says

    What a great excuse to eat doughnuts! I love the idea of a rose petal jam filling. But all your polish sweet treats look wonderful. You’re inspiring me to get baking.

    • Ren says

      Yes the rose petal jam filling is a bot special, you have to find really untouched organic rose petals! A favourte preserve of many Polish grandmothers!

  3. says

    Cudownie, że tu wpadłam!! Jest pięknie, jest pysznie! U mnie co prawda pączków dziś nie było ale szaleństwo w Warszawie na całego. Będę tu zaglądać. Podobają mi się polskie motywy i cudowne fotki. Pozdrawiam baardzo!!

  4. says

    Ah, this explains a lot. At work today one of my delegates came in clutching a “Polish doughnut” which he had been given by a friend (presumably Polish), but was unable to explain its significance. Now I know.

  5. says

    Oh, they look sooo yummy! Just send my husband to get some ready ones, I’m fed up with deep frying after making faworki couple of days ago :) Have a wondeful Tłusty Czwartek!!!

    p.s. Added link to this post on Bigos :)

    • Ren says

      Thanks Margot, yes, ready ones are often the best quick idea! Hope you enjoyed Tlusty Czwartek and thank you so much for adding the post to Bigos UK xx

    • Ren says

      Thanks Sophie, a friend of mine just emailed me to say a Polish collleague had brought in doughnuts for her work colleagues – now that’s a nice idea! :-))