February 28, 2017

FARLEY'S FIGURE OF THE WEEK #144: It's Fat Tuesday Baby!

That's right my friends...it's Fat Tuesday, so be sure to wear your stretchy pants. Today’s the day to indulge in a metro Detroit favorite — those plump, fruity, calorie and fat-laden paczki! In many Christian communities, Fat Tuesday offers the last cheat day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the Lenten season, a time of discipline and fasting. So we raise another paczki to the fat lady from Rose Miniatures in all her 54mm glory, hand painted in the UK by John Eden Miniatures. Remember...it ain't over until she sings! 

Pączki are pastries traditional to Polish cuisine. They are similar to doughnuts. Pączki are deep-fried pieces of dough shaped into flattened spheres and filled with confiture or other sweet filling. Pączki are usually covered with powdered sugar, icing, glaze or bits of dried orange zest. A small amount of grain alcohol (traditionally, Spiritus) is added to the dough before cooking; as it evaporates, it prevents the absorption of oil deep into the dough. The common opinion is that the ideal pączek is fluffy and at the same time a bit collapsed, with a bright stripe around – it is supposed to guarantee that the dough was fried in fresh oil.

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