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prima Mar 3, 2011 08:28 AM

With Paczki Day coming up next Tuesday, I was wondering whether anyone knows of any sources for paczki besides Granowska's and Starsky?

old threads:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/652905
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/100079

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Starsky's
2040 Dundas St E, Mississauga, ON L4X, CA

Granowska's
175 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2L3, CA

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    childofthestorm Mar 3, 2011 08:35 AM

    Randomly, I saw boxes of several varieties at the Loblaws at Queens Quay, didn't check who the supplier was.

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    1. re: childofthestorm
      prima Mar 3, 2011 08:37 AM

      Thanks, childofthestorm. Will double-check next time I'm near a Loblaw's. Since good paczki go stale quickly, I was hoping to find a source that would be making them fresh daily ;-)

      Noticed one of the old threads mentioned Sesame Pastry located at 2783 Lakeshore W. Has anyone tried the paczki or any other pastries from Sesame Pastry lately?

    2. lyndak Mar 3, 2011 08:47 AM

      I noticed that the SuperStore flyer had Paczki for a limited time only. The ad suggested that they're baked in store so hopefully that will add to the freshness.

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      1. re: lyndak
        lyndak Mar 4, 2011 04:14 AM

        I tried them last night and as predicted by the original OP they were not very fresh at all. I guess if you can find them close the time they've been put on the shelves they would be fine but by the end of the day they were getting stale already.

        1. re: lyndak
          prima Mar 4, 2011 04:48 AM

          Too bad.

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        Ted Richards Mar 3, 2011 05:31 PM

        Carousel Bakery in the south St Lawrence Market had something that looked like them last Saturday.

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        1. re: Ted Richards
          prima Mar 4, 2011 04:48 AM

          Thanks for the tip.

          1. re: prima
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            Ted Richards Mar 6, 2011 07:56 AM

            On second thought, it might have been Future Bakery at St Lawrence Market. Or maybe it was both. MY memory is deserting me :-)

        2. hal2010 Mar 3, 2011 06:48 PM

          They had them at Superstore last time I was there (Sunday). Plain or with raspberry or Bavarian fillings. The box had another bakery's name on them.

          1. Breadcrumbs Mar 4, 2011 03:43 AM

            A co-worker has ordered them for our office. Evidently Loblaw's/Real Canadian Superstore's are offering them for a limited time at all locations though you may want to call ahead and place your order. Flavours are: Red Raspberry, Lemon, Strawberry, Prune, Blueberry, Apple, Bavarian. A 454g box of 4 is $3.49

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            1. re: Breadcrumbs
              1sweetpea Mar 4, 2011 04:05 AM

              I've tried the paczki from my Superstore and I didn't love them. I'm no expert on the subject so I can't compare them to a more ideal version, but I found the ones I tried very dense and heavy. The fillings were extraordinarily sweet and cloying. I was a bit bummed that I couldn't seem to buy a mixed box. Each box contained 4 of the same type. I'm sure I've seen mixed boxes in previous years, but it was not so on the day I grabbed a box.

              1. re: 1sweetpea
                prima Mar 4, 2011 04:48 AM

                Too bad the Superstore paczki you tried weren't very good.

                A good paczki won't be heavy- the dough should be very light. Basically it should be a light, moist, old-fashioned jelly donut, fried in very fresh oil, that doesn't have any of the commercial bakery taste that most donuts have these days.

                Most of the paczki I've enjoyed have been prune (plum conserve, not based on dried prunes)-filled, or rosehip jam filled.

                1. re: prima
                  Breadcrumbs Mar 4, 2011 04:57 AM

                  I'll let you know what we think prima, we're having them next Tuesday . . . we have some "expert paczki tasters" in our office and this individual said they were pleased w the Loblaws product in past years.

                  That said, the price per box seems reasonable so it may be worth picking some up to see what you think since taste preferences and, product freshness can play a huge role in influencing our impressions. If you do, let us know what you think.

                  1. re: Breadcrumbs
                    prima Mar 4, 2011 04:59 AM

                    Will do. Although I'm also going to drive out the the Polish grocery stores to see what products they've got. Might as well do a taste test.

                    Hope your custom order on Tue is superfresh and delicious!

                    1. re: prima
                      pinstripeprincess Mar 4, 2011 05:11 AM

                      can't wait to see your report, my last few attempts have been disappointing and left me with stale tasting pastries, both from granowska's (not sure anyone else is making them fresh on ronces) and starsky's :(

                      1. re: pinstripeprincess
                        prima Mar 4, 2011 11:20 AM

                        update- I looked at the Superstore paczki, and couldn't bring myself to buy them. They were flat, powder-sugar dusted paczki, and didn't look too appetizing. The only flavours available at my local Superstore were blueberry and apple .

                        I stopped by European Delights Delicatessan on Wonderland R N in London (was already in London- not suggesting anyone drive 200 km for these paczki), and picked up some plum-filled paczki (the only type in stock this afternoon), which were glazed and golden, and almost domed in shape. These paczki are 5-6 inches thick at the widest part. The dough is less sweet than a typical jelly donut, with more of yeast taste, and most of the sweetness comes from the glaze and the plum filling. Pretty sure the paczki I bought was fried this morning, but by 3 pm, it was tasting like it was halfway to day old, which is how old I suspect the paczki would have been. $1.19/paczki

                        Might try to swing past Alicia's in London, to see what kind of paczki they have. Wondering how they would compare to Starsky & Granowska's versions.

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                        European Delights Delicatessan
                        735 Wonderland Rd N, London, ON N6H4L1, CA

                        Alicia's Fine Foods
                        1290 Trafalgar St, London, ON N5Z1H9, CA

                    2. re: Breadcrumbs
                      Breadcrumbs Mar 17, 2011 01:30 PM

                      Just an (overdue) update on the Loblaws paczki. Never again! They were a huge disappointment at our office. Despite being "fresh" (not past due) from Loblaws these were very much like dry, stale donuts with sickly sweet, gloppy fillings. They received a resounding 2 thumbs down and there were plenty of leftovers at the end of the day . . . which just never happens!

                    3. re: prima
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                      Whats_For_Dinner Mar 4, 2011 07:31 AM

                      Agreed -- I find most fillings far too sweet, and flavours like strawberry and apple are ...I don't know, just hard to get used to, having eated the traditional plum-filled ones all my life.

                      Starsky's are the best I've had recently, though I haven't had many. I long for the days of my childhood when the old ladies at the Polish church would sell them warm, light, soft and fresh in the church basement on Sundays. Made church bearable, that's for sure, and I'm glad that I was too young to be concerned with the calories. ;)

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                      Starsky's
                      2040 Dundas St E, Mississauga, ON L4X, CA

                      1. re: Whats_For_Dinner
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                        bluesbreaker1969 Mar 4, 2011 08:16 AM

                        Benna's on Ronces is where I used to get them. Starsky's is where I get them now. Period.

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                        Starsky's
                        2040 Dundas St E, Mississauga, ON L4X, CA

                        1. re: bluesbreaker1969
                          burningrome Mar 6, 2011 12:35 PM

                          There's a few Polish-looking bakeries on Bloor in Bloor West Village....Anna's I think, near the Jane subway, and Astra closer to Runnymede.....any opinions paczki-wise?

                          1. re: burningrome
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                            mayaishi Mar 6, 2011 02:36 PM

                            I ate one from Kingsway Meat products and Deli at 2342 Bloor St. W. There was a big tray of them in the window. It was huge, very fresh, yeasty, but I agree about the plum filling-very sweet, but I think that is what it is. Anything else would be a jelly donut. I saw them yesterday at the Loblaws at Bathurst and St. Clair but they didn't look as good as the ones on Bloor W.

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                            Kingsway Restaurant
                            510 Ferguson Ave, Haileybury, ON P0J1K0, CA

                2. Olivia Mar 6, 2011 05:18 PM

                  Further to this, any places east of the DVP? I wasn't thrilled with the ones from Loblaws (cloying, nasty industrial bakery filling as per sweetpea).

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                  1. re: Olivia
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                    ace123 Mar 6, 2011 05:32 PM

                    Anna's (On Bloor close to Jane) paczki are quite good. They have plum or rasberry filling. Not too sweet at all.

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