While the rest of Christiandom will celebrate Fat Tuesday next week, with jambalaya, po’ boys, and plastic beads, our Eastern European friends will be scarfing down paczki (pronounced poonch-key), tasty little fried cakes stuffed with rich, fruity fillings.
According to tradition, paczki-making served as a way to use up fats and sweets before the onset of Lent, which arrives on Wednesday. Nowadays, though, the puffy little doughnuts are mainly a delicious excuse for cold-weather diet-busting. ...
If you want to try some, Saturday is the last day to place an advance order at Babushka’s Kitchen
, the “Polish heritage” restaurant and bakery in Northfield Center (9199 Olde Eight Rd.) that was featured last fall in Food & Wine.
Owners Nancy and Dave Abramowski will be stuffing their paczki with raspberry, lemon, blueberry, prune, poppyseed, whipped cream, and Bavarian Cream fillings; plain paczki are also available. The price is $5.70 for 6, or $.95 each. Paczki pickup begins Tuesday, February 4 at 7 a.m. Call 330-468-0402 to place an advance order, or drop by and take your chances on what’s still available in the bakery case. -- Elaine T. Cicora
To read Elaine's May 2007 review of Babushka’s, click here. Find other restaurant reviews, food news, and a comprehensive dining guide on the restaurant page at clevescene.com.