Happy Paczki Day!

Chrusciki Bakery: Eat one...or two...or three!

Mike Baggerman
February 13, 2018 - 6:00 am

Authentic Paczki's from Chrusciki's Bakery (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – Happy Paczki Day!

Every Tuesday before Ash Wednesday is Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, and in polish culture, it’s marked by Paczki Day.

“The people in Poland used to use up all the fat and the lard and wheat and a bunch of different ingredients and sugars that they couldn’t use during the Lenten season,” Austin Klink, Marketing Manager at Chrusciki Bakery in Buffalo said. “So they got rid of it all by making these delicious Paczki’s.”

Chrusciki’s Bakery first arrived to the region in 1987, three years after Klink’s parents, Tadeusz and Hania Robieniek, came to the United States and brought the polish recipe with them.

“Ever since 30 years ago we’ve been doing Paczki Day,” Klink added. “It’s slowly gotten more popular over the years. Now there’s a huge following because of our strong polish community.”

Paczki's ready for display at Chrusciki's Bakery (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

Before you mention that a paczki is just a big donut, there are some subtle differences. Klink said the dough is not as cakey. It’s more of a “stringy, pull-apart dough”.

“You want that nice, white line around the center to show that fresh fry,” he said. “Then you’ve got that nice filling in the inside. Not too much, not too little, just that perfect amount.”

Originally, flavors were a prune or rose-petal jelly. Today, they make flavors including raspberry, Bavarian, chocolate, and so on.

Bakery staff will begin making the pastry around 1 a.m. Typically, a batch of paczki’s take about eight minutes to make, and the staff will continue to bake them throughout the day. All told, the bakery is planning making between 10,000 to 15,000 paczki’s on Tuesday. Klink told us that one company in the area already ordered 100 boxes of paczki’s just for the occasion.

If you plan on eating one of them, just be prepared to skip your lunch. I asked Klink how many calories one of them has.

“I wouldn’t want to tell you even if I knew,” he said, laughing. “They’re definitely for indulgence. But it’s definitely nice to have one or two…or three on Paczki Day. It’s the tradition.”

Chrusciki's Bakery has three locations: 80 West Drullard Ave in Lancaster, at the Broadway Market at 999 Broadway Street in Buffalo, and the Chrusciki Caffe at 100 College Parkway in Williamsville.

LISTEN: Austin Klink, Marketing Manager at Chrusciki's Bakery

Paczki - Austin Klink RAW.mp3

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