We’re but two weeks away from the start of Lent, and I will again begin my search for paczki around Boston. Paczki, pronounced “poonch-key,” are not, as some will lead you to believe, glorified jelly doughnuts. They may look similar, but made correctly these Polish indulgences are much richer and far better, and quite worthy of Fat Tuesday devotion — so much so that the Polish refer to the day as Paczki Day.
The only place I’ve been able to get ahold of paczki is at Stop and Shop, and I have to say it was nothing like paczki from home, paczki that I inevitably hoard into my suitcase on my way back from my annual pilgrimmage to Chicago’s South Side Irish Parade. I really do hate to check my baggage, though, so please: Have you found a Polish bakery around Boston that makes memorable paczki?