Fat Thursday, also known as “Tłusty Czwartek,” marks a cherished tradition for many, particularly in Poland, where indulgence takes centre stage before the solemn period of Lent begins. This day, falling on the Thursday before Lent kicks off with Ash Wednesday, is a time of merriment and feasting, where people relish in foods and activities typically restricted during the fasting period.
Across households and cafes, families and friends come together to partake in the festivities, savouring an array of delectable treats. In Poland, bakeries brim with tantalizing delights, drawing crowds eager to sample traditional delicacies such as pączki, or doughnuts. These deep-fried spheres of yeast pastry often boast luscious fillings like fruity jam or rose petal jam, adorned with a generous dusting of icing, glaze, or powdered sugar. Alongside pączki, angel wings, known as faworki, make a customary appearance, adding to the culinary delight of the occasion.
As Fat Thursday unfolds, Polish pastry shops become bustling hubs of activity, offering a tempting array of goodies to satisfy every sweet tooth. From homemade paczki to faworki, the celebration embraces the richness of Polish culinary traditions, inviting all to indulge in the spirit of the season.
Check out our recipes for the very best Polish paczki (homemade!) and Polish faworki