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Pączki Day!

JungMann Feb 19, 2009 09:50 AM

For Midwestern ex-pats like myself, today is Pączki Day: the Thursday before Lent and the beginning of pączki season. Polish-Americans (and their fans) down these lard-enriched doughnuts, glazed in sugar and filled with creamy custard or jammy fruits, in preparation for the privations of Lent. In New York, however, the paczek doesn't seem to get the same respect it does in the Midwest. I've seen the shout-out on Serious Eats, but does anyone else have any recommendations on where to find pączki: the king of Polish pastries?

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    heWho Feb 19, 2009 02:24 PM

    It makes me sick to say this, but wouldn't these be illegal to sell in NY since their made with lard? Is there a loophole, since this is essentially tied to a religious holiday? If not, there should be!!

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    1. re: heWho
      MMRuth Feb 19, 2009 02:43 PM

      Why would lard be illegal?

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        heWho Feb 20, 2009 06:26 AM

        My bad, I thought lard contained trans fat for some reason

      2. re: heWho
        bobjbkln Feb 19, 2009 05:30 PM

        Lard has ZERO Transfat (except for a tiny natural amount) which is the only fat banned in NYC.

        1. re: bobjbkln
          MMRuth Feb 19, 2009 05:32 PM

          Thanks - that was what I was thinking as well.

          1. re: bobjbkln
            LNG212 Feb 20, 2009 03:57 AM

            And actually I think it's only artificial transfat that's banned (not natural).

        2. LNG212 Feb 19, 2009 12:49 PM

          Did you see this post on Serious Eats? http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2009/0...

          It looks like only one place they list is in Manhattan. But maybe you could try there.

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          1. re: LNG212
            JungMann Feb 19, 2009 01:07 PM

            There are some other places in the same neighborhood like the Pierogi Deli and the small Polish store across the street. I was hoping someone could give feedback on where to get the good stuff, especially since it seems everyone's only carrying confiture.

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