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We have to confess, we’re already two Pazcki deep this morning. We may regret it later, but those pillowy custard confections are worth every gut-busting calorie. And Pazcki Day only comes once a year.
Although Pazcki are traditionally fried (sometimes in lard), we’re seeing a trend toward baked versions this year. Some bakeries are serving up the traditional custard and fruit fillings, while other spots are going for unexpected flavor combinations.
Hamtramck gets most of the buzz, but there are plenty of spots within the Detroit city limits where you can score these Fat Tuesday treats.
West Warren Bakery
15708 Warren Ave.
Specializing in European pastries, the Petkovski family opened the bakery when they emigrated from the former Yugoslavia more than 50 years ago. West Warren’s bakers artfully craft wonderful pastries, breads, cupcakes, donuts, and baklava. Their freshly fried Pazcki confections are legendary, and well worth the wait. West Warren Bakery also offers Polish specialties like chrusciki (aka angel wings) and kolachki, which are like mini angel wings, twisted and filled with a thumbprint of jam or preserves.
Avalon International Breads
422 W. Willis
Avalon has baked thousands of pillowy Pazcki for you to enjoy. They’ll have vanilla, raspberry and lemon flavors (all of them baked, not fried) for $2 each or $22 per dozen. Avalon’s vanilla Pazcki is drizzled with a decadent chocolate swirl on top, and the raspberry version is slathered with a sweet donu glaze. Their lemon Pazcki is dusted with powdered sugar.
Parker Street Market
1814 Parker St.
Germack Coffee Roasting Co.
19180 Grand River Ave.
All three of these spots are stocked up with a supply of Sister Pie Pazcki. They’ve been baking a frying for days, churning out two types of sweet Pazcki and one savory version. The salted peanut butterscotch Pazcki has crushed salted peanuts in the dough and is filled with a creamy butterscotch pudding. Pumpernickel poppy Meyer lemon has a current jam and lemon cream cheese filling inside a pumpernickel dough. Pierogi meets Pazcki in the savory Piergczki: a mashed potato dough is stuffed with onion, cheddar cheese and more mashed potatoes. It’s a savory fried pocket of deliciousness.
Dutch Girl Donuts
19000 Woodward Ave.
Open 24 hours, Detroit’s most legendary donut maker, Dutch Girl Donuts, will be churning out paczki in the wee hours of the morning. Though they’ll sell a massive amount of the deep-fried globes on Tuesday, Dutch Girl’s team fries their paczki in small batches, so each pillowy confection comes out fresh and warm from the fryer. They’re offering lemon, apple, raspberry, strawberry, buttercream and custard paczki.
Download the Uber app
For $25 you can summon an Uber to bring you a dozen Pazcki from West Warren Bakery. They started delivering at 7 am this morning, and will keep making the rounds until they are sold out. If you really love Pazcki but hate waiting in line (or getting out of your chair), this is a super convenient option.
Chene Modern Bakery
17401 W Warren Ave.
This Polish bakery on Detroit’s west side will offer a dozen different varieties of paczki today, including the traditional prune flavor, as well as raspberry, apple, custard, chocolate and more. Chene Modern opens at 5 a.m. on weekdays, so there’s plenty of time to stop in for a breakfast paczek on your way to the office. Pick up a few classic Polish sweets like trobuchki or kruschiki while you’re here. If you happen to miss the Pazcki today, no worries. Chene Modern will keep baking the treats through Feb. 22.
How many Pazcki have you eaten today? Where are your favorite spots to score Pazcki? Let us know in the comments!