Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday, Fat Thursday, Pączki Day

February 25, 2014

It is hard to be a foreigner. Simple things like eating fried desserts may be overwhelming.

In Poland we celebrate Fat Thursday. It’s the last Thursday before Lent. We are not alone – Germany, Greece and Hungary celebrate on Thursday as well (Wikipedia says so).

We eat loads of doughnuts, like these lovely ones

Polish doughnuts - paczki

There are angel wings as well. They are also known as faworki, chrusty, chrusciki. You can also shape roses from this dough. Here is a recipe for the basic angel wings.


And here is another recipe with addition of beer in the dough. Don’t worry, it’s just to add lightness to the dough.

faworki -6926

There are a few other desserts you could fry on that day, but those would be the most popular ones.

In Ireland and UK on the other hand Shrove Tuesday is celebrated, although it’s usually called Pancake Day as it is all about pancakes.

I kind of feel more drawn into celebrating on Thursday, as I always did it, but it’s kind of lonely, when nobody else knows what’s going on. I’m also only aware of one place that supposed to make decent doughnuts. It seems wrong there is only one place in whole Dublin, somebody should do something about! I would Celebrating on Tuesday, when everybody eats pancakes seems to be too rebellious.  Did I mentioned that it’s also hard to make a batch of doughnuts on a weekday evening?

Maybe I should start celebrating on Saturday…

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  • Reply Angie@Angie's Recipes February 26, 2014 at 09:49

    My mouth is watering…those jam filled doughnuts look divine!

    • Reply Magda March 3, 2014 at 14:01

      Ha ha, thank you Angie :)

  • Reply Joy @My Traveling Joys February 28, 2014 at 16:33

    This was my first Fat Thursday living in Poland! Interesting and sweet day! Doughnuts or paczki should only take about 3 hours if you have all the ingredients. Enjoy!

    • Reply Magda March 3, 2014 at 14:05

      Hi Joy. I hope you found some good doughnuts or at least angel wings. Fat Thursday it’s the worst day when it comes to doughnut’s quality.
      I know that doughnuts are doable within 3 hours, but I always like to have some buffer as my kitchen is not too warm, and I have only electrical hob that makes keeping temperature really hard and I was jet lagged, so I only had a million excuses ;) In the end I made chocolate cake over the weekend, but next year I will for sure make my own doughnuts. I promise :)

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