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Nov 15, 2010 09:21 AM

Toronto: Best chrusciki (angel wings) for the holidays?

Fried dough with an inside-out twist, sprinkled with icing sugar? I think they go by lots of different names. I normally head to Roncesvalles for a big box of chrusciki, but I'm willing to try something new if there's something really awesome out there. They don't have to be Polish, and they don't have to be strictly traditional in terms of flavour or shape. Please help, thanks!

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  1. A Polish friend whose surname is very similar to the pastry in question (she's Polish, naturally) says no one makes a better chrusciki than she does at home (it's a big pain in the ass to execute, apparently, even for a braggart). But as you don't know her and therefore won't be invited to give her chrusciki a workout, she says Granowska's (not sure of the spelling here) on Roncesvalles, which you doubtless know about, does a decent commercial approximation. Other Polish bakeries do it probably just as respectably. I've never tried chrusciki. As described to me, it seems like something to put anyone into immediate sugar shock. Is that what you mean by "really awesome"?

    175 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2L3, CA

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    1. re: juno

      Thanks for the tip. I don't remember exactly where I've gotten them from before, but I know I haven't tried Granowska's.

      And yes, they are really awesome! The perfect Christmas treat IMHO. I grew up assuming they were a German specialty, and eventually learned that quite a few countries have their own versions. In Italy they're called "chiacchiere", and in Denmark, "klejner". Anyway, I'm looking for a take-home version that rivals the homemade ones I had as a kid. The search continues.

      1. re: 5secondrule

        For Ukrainian Khrustyky, try any of the Ukrainian Church bazaars which should be starting soon.
        Next weekend Friday morning Novemeber 26 at 9 a.m. & Saturday November 27th, try St. Demetrius Ukrainian Catholic Church on La Rose Avenue, one block east of Royal York Road and One block north of Eglington West.
        Also most of the Deli's in the Ukrainian area of Bloor St. West have them.

        1. re: 5secondrule

          whats the german name? is it different?

          1. re: shekamoo

            LidaK, thanks for the recommendation! Shekamoo: I have no idea. When I was a kid, they would always show up on the platters of Weihnachtskekse the German ladies at church would provide at holiday gatherings. I never knew if they had a name.

        2. re: juno

          The only sugar in the recipe is 3 Tbs for 7 dozen cookies, plus powdered, for sprinkling on top. Hardly a cause for "sugar shock"