You bet your dupa I’m Polish

21 Feb

Happy Fat Tuesday!  For those who have any sliver of Polish in them, this translates to Happy Paczki Day!!!

If I was living in Chicago today, I would have started off my day stopping at Dinkel’s bakery downtown and getting some delicious Paczkis.  You may ask, what is a Paczki?  Basically heaven in your mouth. 

“A pączki is a deep-fried piece of dough shaped into a flattened sphere and filled with confiture or other sweet filling. Pączki are usually covered with powdered sugar, icing or bits of dried orange zest. A small amount of grain alcohol (traditionally, Spiritus) is added to the dough before cooking; as it evaporates, it prevents the absorption of oil deep into the dough.

In Poland, pączki are eaten especially on Fat Thursday (the last Thursday before Ash Wednesday). Many Polish Americans celebrate Pączki Day on Fat Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday). Traditionally, the reason for making pączki was to use up all the lard, sugar, eggs and fruit in the house, because they were forbidden to be consumed due to Catholic fasting practices during Lent.”

Strange Cargo, my favorite t-shirt place in Chicago, has this shirt.  One day it will be mine.

Anyway… I now live in San Antonio.  Where NO ONE has heard of a paczki!  The horror!

Last year, I literally called every bakery and asked if they made them.  They thought I was CRAZY.  Everyone said, “Do we have a WHAT?!”. 

So, since I don’t have my paczkis, I made something else this weekend that I thought I would share.

Slutty Brownies.

You are probably wondering why they are called slutty brownies.  Well, the website where I found the recipe tells me they are called slutty brownies because “They are oh so easy and more than a little bit filthy”

5 steps:

1. Make your standard chocolate chip cookie recipe and spread the dough in a pan like you are making cookie bars.

2. On top of the cookie dough, add a layer of Oreo cookies.

3. Make a batch of brownie dough and pour over the Oreo layer.

4. Bake at least 30 minutes.  (I kept it in about 45, was still too gooey)

5. Devour.

Enjoy your Fat Tuesday!

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7 Responses to “You bet your dupa I’m Polish”

  1. Darryl February 22, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    Try the HEB Alon Market at 8053 NW Military Hwy near Wurzbach, they have them!

    • True Blue February 23, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

      Awesome! I’ll have to try, thanks!

  2. Kaxray February 11, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

    I’m not polish but I grew up in Southern Michigan. I grew up going to to the local donut shop on Fat Tuesday for paczki. We’ve been in San Antonio for a year now and I miss them dearly! I guess I’m going to have to learn how to make them.

    • Emily February 26, 2014 at 1:11 pm #

      I just moved here from SW Michigan (and my very Polish family) and I asked my co-workers if they’d ever heard of Paczki and same reply “a what?!” I will try that HEB! thanks!

    • Yvonne Rivera January 26, 2015 at 6:19 pm #

      You can find them at the HEB on Montgomery/Walzem in Windcrest.

  3. Marty sanchez March 4, 2014 at 12:17 pm #

    I to just moved here from Detroit and to my horror have discovered the same thing . I also called every Bakery even Dukin Donuts with no luck , this is a crime !!!! They kept asking me If I wanted “Kings Bread” but I Love your brownies !!!

  4. jwilsonx3 February 4, 2016 at 6:59 pm #

    Sashas European market on Callaghan has them!

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