It is spelled PACZKI. It is pronounced "punchkey" or "poonchkey". It has been a tradition in my family forever.
Tradition has it that Polish folks would use up all the flour in their home on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday....."Fat Tuesday". A tasty way to do this is to make paczkis......filled powded donuts (no donut hole, we want it all!). In the old days (yes, including Bear's parents) they were filled with prunes. Yuck.
Nowadays, you get 'em filled with jelly or custard-like pudding.
Towns with big Polish populations (Toledo, Chicago, Hamtramck) have big fund-raising events on fat Tuesday. Millions of paczkis are made and sold. Here in Toledo, even a big retail/grocery chain (Meijer's) is promoting paczkis, by having a paczki eating contest.
I had one (1) this morning. Yum.
With residents of Cyburbia spread near and far, any paczki fun going on in your area?