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  • Post #211 - March 8th, 2011, 9:07 pm
    Post #211 - March 8th, 2011, 9:07 pm Post #211 - March 8th, 2011, 9:07 pm
    I got one of the last paczki this morning at Delightful Pastries at the Metra market. Must have been about $3.50 pre-tax! DAMN! Was this a paczki day premium or are they always that expensive? It was pretty good, but not worth $3.50.
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  • Post #212 - March 8th, 2011, 9:25 pm
    Post #212 - March 8th, 2011, 9:25 pm Post #212 - March 8th, 2011, 9:25 pm
    teatpuller wrote:I got one of the last paczki this morning at Delightful Pastries at the Metra market. Must have been about $3.50 pre-tax! DAMN! Was this a paczki day premium or are they always that expensive? It was pretty good, but not worth $3.50.


    Perhaps the "Old Town Premium" is eclipsed by the French Market Premium. Just looked at my receipt - I was at a 2:1 ratio of $3 paczki to $2 paczki; it appears that the specialty paczki were the more expensive and my tastes apparently skewed specialty.
  • Post #213 - March 8th, 2011, 9:28 pm
    Post #213 - March 8th, 2011, 9:28 pm Post #213 - March 8th, 2011, 9:28 pm
    teatpuller wrote:I got one of the last paczki this morning at Delightful Pastries at the Metra market. Must have been about $3.50 pre-tax! DAMN! Was this a paczki day premium or are they always that expensive? It was pretty good, but not worth $3.50.


    Strange. I was there around lunchtime, ordered one apricot and one rose, and paid around $4.25.
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  • Post #214 - March 9th, 2011, 12:11 am
    Post #214 - March 9th, 2011, 12:11 am Post #214 - March 9th, 2011, 12:11 am
    LAZ wrote:This independent doughnut shop is definitely worth a visit. Both their cake and raised doughnuts are very good, they do a variety of seasonal items (cherry cake doughnuts for Washington's birthday, for example), and they're open 24 hours.

    Spunky Dunkers Donuts

    20 Northwest Highway, Palatine
    847-358-7935
    http://www.spunkydunkersdonuts.com/paczki_day
    I love their chocolate French and blueberry cake doughnuts. Their French cruller is so light and airy - just the way I like them. We ate our doughnuts and coffee at the counter one Sunday morning and was very impressed by the constant flow of customers. It is well deserved.
  • Post #215 - March 9th, 2011, 8:47 am
    Post #215 - March 9th, 2011, 8:47 am Post #215 - March 9th, 2011, 8:47 am
    Matt wrote:
    Perhaps the "Old Town Premium" is eclipsed by the French Market Premium. Just looked at my receipt - I was at a 2:1 ratio of $3 paczki to $2 paczki; it appears that the specialty paczki were the more expensive and my tastes apparently skewed specialty.


    I must have gotten a specialty one for $3. It had a couple of slices of fresh strawberry in there. Definitely not worth the $1 premium.
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  • Post #216 - March 9th, 2011, 9:07 am
    Post #216 - March 9th, 2011, 9:07 am Post #216 - March 9th, 2011, 9:07 am
    rickster wrote:
    Is it normal for paczki to have not much filling? Here is a picture of a paczki from Oak Mill Bakery:


    Less than a jelly doughnut, yes. Yours seems unusually light on the filling though. I had one of those custard ones from Oak Mill on Saturday and it had more filling than that. They had fresh from the fryer rose jam filled ones on Saturday that were delicious. The freshness didn't seem to hold through the day. One I had later was not nearly as good.

    The Oak Mill Bakery which I went to was in Arlington Heights. Here is the second paczki which I cut into:
    Image.
  • Post #217 - March 9th, 2011, 9:33 am
    Post #217 - March 9th, 2011, 9:33 am Post #217 - March 9th, 2011, 9:33 am
    My receipt was a little confusing yesterday too.

    For my dozen paczki, my receipt read:

    6 Paczki (Strawberry) 18.00
    12 Paczki (Any) 24.00
    3 Danish 6.00

    They're totally worth it, for the record, but it would have been nice to see the prices posted somewhere.
  • Post #218 - March 9th, 2011, 1:39 pm
    Post #218 - March 9th, 2011, 1:39 pm Post #218 - March 9th, 2011, 1:39 pm
    I definitely need to get back to Delightful. The paczek I had there a couple of years ago was in all honesty quite terrible.

    The best Oak Mill in my experience is the one in Niles. It's by no means revelatory, just generally solid.

    I very much enjoyed Bennison's strawberries and whipped cream version.
  • Post #219 - March 9th, 2011, 3:36 pm
    Post #219 - March 9th, 2011, 3:36 pm Post #219 - March 9th, 2011, 3:36 pm
    The best Oak Mill in my experience is the one in Niles. It's by no means revelatory, just generally solid.


    The ones I mentioned were from the Niles bakery.
  • Post #220 - March 10th, 2011, 12:46 am
    Post #220 - March 10th, 2011, 12:46 am Post #220 - March 10th, 2011, 12:46 am
    I'm going to second the Bennison's vote in the way that a teenage girl might say, "OH my God."

    The whipped cream one. Oh, my. G-d.

    bjt
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  • Post #221 - March 10th, 2011, 2:55 pm
    Post #221 - March 10th, 2011, 2:55 pm Post #221 - March 10th, 2011, 2:55 pm
    bjt wrote:The whipped cream one. Oh, my. G-d.

    Looks like today's the last day for these...
  • Post #222 - March 13th, 2011, 4:06 pm
    Post #222 - March 13th, 2011, 4:06 pm Post #222 - March 13th, 2011, 4:06 pm
    I ordered 5 dozen of the smaller paczki from Oak Mill. I happened to pick them up on North Ave but they make everything elsewhere so I don't think there would be much difference. I was very underwhelmed by the amount of filling. So little I couldn't even tell there was any in some if it weren't for the hole and in others, like the blueberry, there was so little to not even to be able to really discern what filling it was.

    Overall, I was very disappointed.
  • Post #223 - March 14th, 2011, 12:50 am
    Post #223 - March 14th, 2011, 12:50 am Post #223 - March 14th, 2011, 12:50 am
    teatpuller wrote:I got one of the last paczki this morning at Delightful Pastries at the Metra market. Must have been about $3.50 pre-tax! DAMN! Was this a paczki day premium or are they always that expensive? It was pretty good, but not worth $3.50.



    At the Shop & Save in Bridgeview they have paczki available every day I've ever been there. (Once every 1-2 weeks since they opened there) I think they make them there and cost 89 or 99 cents. Their weekly flyer during that week had them on sale for $8.99 a dozen. These were pre-boxed and had an assortment selected by them.

    Heck, paczki are only fried sweet dough that sometimes have a filling. For me to pay $3.50 for one, it would have to have a Krugerrand for a filling. :)

    Ron
  • Post #224 - March 14th, 2011, 8:45 am
    Post #224 - March 14th, 2011, 8:45 am Post #224 - March 14th, 2011, 8:45 am
    shadesofjay wrote:I ordered 5 dozen of the smaller paczki from Oak Mill. I happened to pick them up on North Ave but they make everything elsewhere so I don't think there would be much difference. I was very underwhelmed by the amount of filling. So little I couldn't even tell there was any in some if it weren't for the hole and in others, like the blueberry, there was so little to not even to be able to really discern what filling it was.

    Overall, I was very disappointed.

    I had also ordered some of the mini paczki from Oak Mill. I was also surprised by the small amount of filling.
  • Post #225 - March 28th, 2011, 11:52 am
    Post #225 - March 28th, 2011, 11:52 am Post #225 - March 28th, 2011, 11:52 am
    shorty wrote:I bought paczki from Oak Mill Bakery today. I had seen the paczki at Spunky Dunkers last weekend, but did not buy any because they looked so large (in diameter).

    Is it normal for paczki to have not much filling? Here is a picture of a paczki from Oak Mill Bakery:

    Image


    Missed this the first time around. That seems maybe a little bit light, but not much so. As Joy relates above, 1.5-2 teaspoons is about what the standard pączek should get. It varies wildly by bakery, though, with some catering more to Polish tastes (light on the filling), others to the American palate (more jelly-donut-ish.) Growing up, the pączki in our household only had the lightest dab of filling tucked away into a corner.

    For example, here's a Polish web page on "Fat Thursday," with a picture of what I consider a "properly" filled pączek. On the other hand this is just a ridiculous amount of filling..
  • Post #226 - May 1st, 2011, 2:44 am
    Post #226 - May 1st, 2011, 2:44 am Post #226 - May 1st, 2011, 2:44 am
    teatpuller wrote:I got one of the last paczki this morning at Delightful Pastries at the Metra market. Must have been about $3.50 pre-tax! DAMN! Was this a paczki day premium or are they always that expensive? It was pretty good, but not worth $3.50.


    I like Delightful Pastries quite a bit... though its been a couple months since Ive been.

    However, if you think youre over-paying at $3.50 a paczki (which does sound a bit excessive).. there is a solution on offer today. Viz,

    http://www.groupon.com/r/uu8217324

    A half-priced Delightful Pastries paczki would be very welcome!

    c8w
  • Post #227 - February 7th, 2012, 4:25 pm
    Post #227 - February 7th, 2012, 4:25 pm Post #227 - February 7th, 2012, 4:25 pm
    I'm bringing some to the office this Fat Tuesday and including another department. All together, we have 26 people (not including me). Every year I ask people in my department if they want me to bring them one, and only two people respond. Do you think 18 is stingy? I want to have enough but I don't want many leftovers, if any.

    Edit: I just read in past posts that someone freezes these. I assumed they didn't freeze well. Thoughts?
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  • Post #228 - February 7th, 2012, 9:51 pm
    Post #228 - February 7th, 2012, 9:51 pm Post #228 - February 7th, 2012, 9:51 pm
    I am awash with desire for a rose paczki now. I'm really close to Bridgeport Baery, but have found their stuff to be just OK - how are the paczkis? And do they tend to have rose? Delightful is a long way for me to go now.
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  • Post #229 - February 15th, 2012, 1:32 pm
    Post #229 - February 15th, 2012, 1:32 pm Post #229 - February 15th, 2012, 1:32 pm
    Next Tuesday, 2-21-12 is Fat Tuesday.
    Any updated suggestions?
    Any opinions on the Swedish Bakery on north Clark?
    I've been going to Deerfields Bakery on Waukegan Rd. in Deerfield. The last few years ABSOLUTE GARBAGE.
    Appreciate any suggestions

    Wally Wade
  • Post #230 - February 15th, 2012, 1:43 pm
    Post #230 - February 15th, 2012, 1:43 pm Post #230 - February 15th, 2012, 1:43 pm
    Delightful Pastries has two new filling flavors, chocolate raspberry and passion fruit. I'm going there for mine.
    I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. ~ Jason Love
    There is no pie in Nighthawks, which is why it's such a desolate image. ~ Happy Stomach
    In the world of apples, Pink Lady runs the whorehouse. ~ James Napoli

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  • Post #231 - February 15th, 2012, 2:13 pm
    Post #231 - February 15th, 2012, 2:13 pm Post #231 - February 15th, 2012, 2:13 pm
    Suzy Creamcheese wrote:I am awash with desire for a rose paczki now. I'm really close to Bridgeport Baery, but have found their stuff to be just OK - how are the paczkis? And do they tend to have rose? Delightful is a long way for me to go now.

    Don't forget, Delightful has a stand in the Ogilvie station.
    I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. ~ Jason Love
    There is no pie in Nighthawks, which is why it's such a desolate image. ~ Happy Stomach
    In the world of apples, Pink Lady runs the whorehouse. ~ James Napoli

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  • Post #232 - February 15th, 2012, 8:18 pm
    Post #232 - February 15th, 2012, 8:18 pm Post #232 - February 15th, 2012, 8:18 pm
    I'd rather get them from the source - freshness is paramount in paczki!

    I ended up ordering some from Bridgeport Bakery. No rose, but a nice selection of other flavors. I'm hopeful that they won't suck. I also considered Ace, but after trying a piece of cake from there that belongs in the Ass-Flavored Pastry Hall of Fame, I think I'll skip it.
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  • Post #233 - February 16th, 2012, 11:36 am
    Post #233 - February 16th, 2012, 11:36 am Post #233 - February 16th, 2012, 11:36 am
    I called Bridgeport Bakery to update their prices:

    - Regular: 95 cents
    - Whipped cream: $1.25
    - Strawberries and whipped cream: $1.35

    Order by Monday.

    Josephine wrote:Delicious things tend to happen whenever I hang around with Cathy2. Today was no different. Bridgeport Bakery somehow appeared out of nowhere, and we were greeted by a display of large red and white boxes featuring Polish heraldry and announcing: "Paczki." It quickly became clear that they take their paczki seriously in Bridgeport.

    Image

    According to the helpful woman at the counter, the best way to be assured of obtaining the paczki you want on February 28th is to make an order by phone. Here is where it gets intense. You must reserve your order leaving not only your last name, but your first name and phone number. When you arrive to pick up your order, you will be asked for your last name, then your other identifying information will be cross-checked with the paperwork on hand. (Cases of paczki-loving imposters making off with prepaid orders have been a problem in the past). For those who simply must have the first available paczki of the day, the staff will fill pre-arranged orders for those who knock on the door any time after 12:01 AM on the 28th. (Deliveries of very large orders can be arranged to take place for a couple of days before Fat Tuesday.) Also, if you order bacon buns, you can pick those up, too.

    We were advised that it is best to order ASAP if you plan to buy more than a few paczki. As always, it's best to double check about special arrangements. I'd be sure to ask again about the 12:01 pickup option when I called to order if I were planning to be there just after midnight.

    Here is a list of paczki flavors available at Bridgeport Bakery:
    (75 cents each except as noted below):
    Apple
    Apricot
    Blueberry
    Chocolate Buttercream
    White buttercream
    Cheese (recommended by counter staff)
    Cherry
    Custard (chocolate)
    Custard (powdered sugar)
    Lemon
    Peach
    Pineapple
    Plain
    poppyseed
    Prune
    Raspberry
    Strawberry (powdered sugar)
    Strawberry & whipped cream $1.00
    Whipped Cream .85

    Bridgeport Bakery
    2907 S. Archer Avenue
    Chicago
    773-523-1121
    Cathy2

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  • Post #234 - February 19th, 2012, 12:12 pm
    Post #234 - February 19th, 2012, 12:12 pm Post #234 - February 19th, 2012, 12:12 pm
    I made paczki this morning (I never make them on Paczki Day, because I don't think my boss would be thrilled with me requesting a day off just to make pastry). Ended up just making blueberry, rose hip jam-filled because by the time I got done frying them up, I wasn't in the mood to wash MORE pots/pans making pastry cream. Thankfully, my neighbors came through and offered to take most of them, so I could have ONE (plus my mini-fry-tester one).

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  • Post #235 - February 19th, 2012, 3:04 pm
    Post #235 - February 19th, 2012, 3:04 pm Post #235 - February 19th, 2012, 3:04 pm
    tgoddess, those are BEAUTIFUL! Just lovely and inspirational! --Joy
  • Post #236 - February 19th, 2012, 4:53 pm
    Post #236 - February 19th, 2012, 4:53 pm Post #236 - February 19th, 2012, 4:53 pm
    Fortunately, I have found a source for rosehip paczki. Unfortunately, they seem to no longer be available. Guess I'll have to move to tgoddess's neighborhood next year.
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  • Post #237 - February 20th, 2012, 2:54 am
    Post #237 - February 20th, 2012, 2:54 am Post #237 - February 20th, 2012, 2:54 am
    Will anyone be picking up paczkis at Delightful Pastries on Lawrence and heading downtown after? Wondering if I can bum a ride for my order... I can pay for the gas! :)

    If not, then I will have to get my lazy butt out of bed early. Doesn't that go against what Fat Tuesday stands for?! :)
  • Post #238 - February 20th, 2012, 10:09 am
    Post #238 - February 20th, 2012, 10:09 am Post #238 - February 20th, 2012, 10:09 am
    CrazyC wrote:If not, then I will have to get my lazy butt out of bed early. Doesn't that go against what Fat Tuesday stands for?! :)


    Nothing says you can't crawl back in when you're done... :wink:
    I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. ~ Jason Love
    There is no pie in Nighthawks, which is why it's such a desolate image. ~ Happy Stomach
    In the world of apples, Pink Lady runs the whorehouse. ~ James Napoli

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  • Post #239 - February 20th, 2012, 12:35 pm
    Post #239 - February 20th, 2012, 12:35 pm Post #239 - February 20th, 2012, 12:35 pm
    I made Krapfen dough (German version of Paczki) on Friday night and refrigerated until yesterday morning. I took the dough out and let it come up to temp, rolled it, cut it and let it rise before frying. They didn't puff up. They expanded width-wise, but not up. :( I may have to go back to making beignets instead.
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  • Post #240 - February 21st, 2012, 2:53 am
    Post #240 - February 21st, 2012, 2:53 am Post #240 - February 21st, 2012, 2:53 am
    The chocolate (that is: custard-filled and chocolate frosted, similar to Boston cream) and apricot paczki I bought at Bennison's were $1.42 each. Pristinely fresh.

    :D

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