Don't confuse Pączki with a mere jelly doughnut. A real Pączki is dense, heavy -- you cannot or should not eat a pile by yourself all at once. Mrs. Dr. Phil INSISTS on sharing one at a time for dessert. I could eat a whole one and it avoids the problem we had the other night of an unfortunate uneven distribution of filling. (grin)
Mmm... not doughnuts, but prune Pączki. (Click on photo for larger.)
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For us, the One True Pączki is the prune filled with powdered sugar. Alas, not as popular with others. It took Mrs. Dr. Phil a week just to find Pączki in our store, and as we have the last couple of years, ended up with a six-pack of Pączki -- a six-Pączki ? -- two each of powdered sugar, granulated sugar and frosted. By the end of the box, with just only (sigh) one a day, the last one will just be getting a little crispy.
Somehow we missed these in Pittsburgh, Buffalo, New York City and Chicago...
(1) Pronounced POONCH-key in these parts.
(2) From another website: "Pączki (actually this is plural; pączek is the singular form)"