Fat Thursday, the last Thursday before Lent, marks the end of the Carnival in Poland. It is one of the most important holidays in February in Poland. On that day most Poles buy or make doughnuts, in Polish called pączki [pronounciation: ponchcee]. Pączki similarly to dougnuts are deep-fried pieces of dough shaped into flattened spheres and filled with confiture or other sweet fillin, and covered with powdered sugar, icing, glaze or bits of dried orange zest. Angel wings, in Polish most commonly called faworki [pronounciation: fawvorcee], are an alternative to pączki to those who prefer a lighter kind of pastry. This traditional sweet crisp pastry is made out of dough that has been shaped into thin twisted ribbons, deep-fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar. The Polish word "faworki" may refer to colourful ribbons attached to either female or male clothing, especially ribbons given to medieval knights by their ladies. Etymologically the word "faworki" came to Poland from the French word faveur, meaning "grace" or "favour". The Polish word "chrust" means "dry branches broken off trees" or "brushwood".
The beautifully twisted raw ribbons of faworki just before frying
Faworki - sprinkled with powdered sugar and ready to eat!
Pączki during frying! Contrary to faworki, making pączki is not as easy as pie! A good recipe is a must!
The pączki on the image above were not a 100% success; they rather remind of the their historcially most primitive version; though, they are filled with rose jam, which makes them absolutely irresistable!
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