Consider the Polish pastries known as Pączki. Every Winter these incredible pillows of dough and tasty fillings make their grand return to the Northeast Ohio area in time for one last indulgence before Lent begins.
If you’re not familiar with these traditional Polish pieces of bakery, the most important note is that they are far more than a jelly donut. Not only is the recipe different, they hold a very specific place in our hearts — and our stomachs.
Many consider my fair suburb the hub for pączki in Greater Cleveland. While I wholeheartedly agree with that statement, we’re lucky to have bakeries serving these delicious offerings all over town. So for your convenience, here’s a small listing of recommendations on where to get your pączki fix a week from today:
- Kiedrowski’s Simply Delicious Bakery in Amherst
- Lucy’s Sweet Surrender in Shaker Heights
- Michael Angelo’s Bakery in Broadview Heights (where the above pictured pastry is from!)
- Rudy’s Strudel and Bakery in Parma
- Samosky’s Home Bakery in Parma Heights
- Stan’s Northfield Bakery in Northfield
Looking to make your pączki consumption more of a group outing? Check out these events next week:
Paczki Eve Party at Platform
Monday, February 8th from 4PM-10PM
at Platform Beer Co. (4125 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44113)
Combining paczki, pierogies, polka and Platform Beer Co. beer, this is one heck of a way to spend your Monday night. Join Platform for its first ever “Paczki Eve Party” and bring the family as it’s a kid-friendly event.
Tuesday, February 9th from 6AM-5PM
at Rudy’s Strudel and Bakery (5580 Ridge Rd, Parma, Ohio 44129)
Leave it to Rudy’s to really make Fat Tuesday a celebration. Not only will the polka be going strong with live music and dance instruction, brewers from the Brick and Barrel will compliment the more than 25 flavors of pączki including an entire line of savory pączki to choose from all day long.
EDITED TO ADD: Paczki & Cream
Tuesday, February 9th from 11AM-10PM
at Mitchell’s Ice Cream – Ohio City Shop & Kitchen (1867 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113)
Talk about indulgence: Rudy’s Packi PLUS Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream all in one glorious pastry/dessert combo? Fat Tuesday doesn’t get any better.
So what makes these desserts different than donuts? See how they are made via this WKYC video from Rudy’s Facebook page.
Where will you be getting your pączki from this Fat Tuesday? Leave your favorite bakery in the comments below…