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Jan 28, 2012 11:16 PM

Paczki Search

I will be in the Charleston/Summerville SC. area on Paczki Day. Feb. 21. Are there any bakeries in the area that can make these Polish donuts?

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  1. I have no idea! I do know Sugar does special orders:

    I have a Polish friend who lives in Summervile. SInce she is a Good Girl, she is in church at the moment. I'll call her this afternoon and ask her what she knows.

    We're more about Lady Baltimore cakes and Huguenot Tortes.

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    1. re: Sue in Mt P

      Thanks for the help. I have called a number of bakeries and none of them have any idea of what a paczki is. Much less a prune filled paczki.

      1. re: malo8317

        You might have to bring some with you! Try some Hummingbird cake while you're here.

    2. I grew up in Detroit, where Paczki Day is celebrated, most likely because of the Polish population.

      I've never seen it celebrated as Paczki Day wherever else I lived in the US; it's just Fat Tuesday.

      I buy a jelly donut as my last fat cooked product before Lent and am grateful to see more stores making Hot Cross Buns as a sweet for the next 40 days.

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      1. re: Cathy

        Chicago has the largest Polish population outside Warsaw. There are numerous bakeries making paczkis ("bismarcks", in english usage) there. I have not seen authentic versions outside of the major Midwestern cities.

        1. re: Mayor of Melonville

          Right. Realistic expectations are in order, lol.

      2. Come to Chicago. Our fair city is lined wall-to-wall with paczkis, pierogies, and kolachkys.

        1. Booyah! My friend has seen them at Publix in Summerville.

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          1. re: Sue in Mt P

            Thanks Sue. I should have mentioned that I'm from the Chicago area and have had paczkis from many Polish bakeries. Always prune paczkis. However, I will be in SC. a week before Shrove Tuesday.

            1. re: Sue in Mt P

              I got some at Publix last year too (in SC). Not the best quality I'm sure, but could do in a pinch.

              1. re: Scirocco

                I searched the Asheville area in vain last year--I, too, am a Michigan expat. Not from the Detroit area, but paczki fever spreads across the lower part of the state this time of year! Kalamazoo's Sarkozy Bakery was always my go-to spot when I still lived in the northlands. Now? I think I may have to take a cue from a friend who moved to L.A. and just learn how to make them myself and throw a liquor-and-paczki blowout each year.

                1. re: dingey

                  Now that sounds like a sensible plan. Do post invites here :)