And in my family's Polish tradition Fat Tuesday means eating punchie - a donut like pastry coated in powdered sugar.
The polish spelling is Paczki and my family, the purest do not fill them. Just powdered outside!
Actually, by tradition, I mean my family living in Detroit. You can get punchkie at every grocery store for the week leading up to Ash Wednesday.
We have my mom's grandmother's recipe and I decided to try my hand at them. The recipe is huge! My mom's family had one girl and 4 hungry boys, so I cut it in 1/3rd, but forgot to cut the water!
Opps! So I had to add a lot of extra flour to make the dough less sticky.
This was also my first time frying anything and I burnt the oil (I used canola oil since it was what we have on hand) after the first round came out I was working without a candy thermometer, so I had no clue how hot the oil was and had walked away from it. Opps!
After a trip to the grocery store, the next round of punchkie came out great and tasty.
|Paper bag used for shaking the punchkie in powered sugar.|
What family traditions do you have?
Happy Fat Tuesday!