Title: Got Paczki?
Unless you grew up in and around Detroit, MI, or are from Poland, you probably have never heard of one of the most delicious, stuffed to the maximum, yummiest tasting, covered in powdered sugar desserts created - The Paczki!
According to Wikipedia, "Pączki are deep-fried pieces of dough shaped into flattened spheres and filled with confiture or other sweet filling. Pączki are usually covered with powdered sugar, icing, glaze 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. The common opinion is that the ideal pączek is fluffy and at the same time a bit collapsed, with a bright stripe around – it is supposed to guarantee that the dough was fried in fresh oil.
In North America, particularly the large Polish communities of Detroit, ... Paczki Day is celebrated annually by immigrants and locals alike. The date of this observance merges with that of pre-Lenten traditions of other immigrants on Fat Tuesday", the day before Ash Wednesday.