What is the idea behind Fat Thursday in Poland? Posted by Kasia on Feb 23, 2022 in Culture, Food
Also known as Donut Day (Tłusty Czwartek), it is one of the most anticipated days in Poland for all sweets lovers! Fat Thursday is tomorrow, but do you know the history of it? Why pączki and faworki?
You know that tomorrow the whole Poland is going to go crazy for donuts! From morning to evening Poles will be eating donuts filled with jam, sweet cheese, adwokat (rich and creamy alcoholic beverage made from eggs, sugar, and brandy), custard, and all sorts of other utterly delicious sweet fillings. According to the locals, if you don’t eat pączki tomorrow, the rest of your year will be full of bad luck….why take a chance?
Why Fat Thursday? It’s the last Thursday before Shrove Tuesday (tłusty wtorek przed Popielcem/Ostatki) and Ash Wednesday (Środa Popielcowa), so the date changes every year according to the Christian liturgical calendar. Some people in Poland obtain from meat, alcohol and meat-by products, such a eggs and milk, during Lent from Ash Wednesday until Easter. Fat Thursday is often thought of as a means of treating oneself and indulging prior to a period of abstinence during Lent (Wielki Post).
The second special treat of a typical Fat Thursday are faworki. These are also known as angel wings. They are delightful little crisps of pastry which have been fried and turned into twisted ribbon shapes (one of my favorite things to make when I was a little girl) . Faworki are sprinkled with powdered sugar (funkier purer). They are very light and just delicious!
I mean, just have to try both of these treats!
Yes, you typically compare them to donuts…but pączki are much fluffier and sweeter than donuts, with more eggs & sugar used. Just wait to try them in Poland! My mother used to make her own pączki and faworki, but a lot off people wait in long lines to get them at local pastry shops…so most likely you will see long lines in front of these on Fat Thursday! Take a look at this video where Natalie experienced her first Tłusty Czwartek in Poland.
Let us know what is your Fat Thursday experience?
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