The perfect paczki which will be on tables everywhere come Paczki Day (Fat Tuesday), March 4, are an indulgence worth pursuing. First off, one must be aware that there are paczki (pronounced: “punch-key” or "poanch-key") and then there are so-called paczki that are flat jelly-filled doughnut wannabes. Yesterday, we had the opportunity to learn about and taste the real McCoy at a media preview at Delightful Pastries in Chicago's Jefferson Park neighborhood. Delightful Pastries is on most everyone's "A-list" for the best paczki in Chicago. Here are ten of their secrets for creating perfect paczki.
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