When you say it,it sounds like pun-key or punch key! However you say it, it is a round Polish pastry, similar to a doughnut, usually containing a fruit or cream filling and topped with powdered sugar or a glaze. In some neighborhoods the Thursday before Mardi Gras is Paczki Day, in others it’s Fat Tuesday. So how did all this start, the traditional reason for making pączki was to use up all the lard, sugar, eggs and fruit in the house, because their consumption was forbidden by Christian fasting practices during the season of Lent. There, now you know! I’ve already had my quota of packzi’s for this year! Time to get out my hat that says Proud to be Polish!