If you have followed my blog for long, you know I want to know "what the locals eat". We moved to the Pittsburgh area in July and I have been on the hunt for new things since. So far, I've had pierogies, chip/chop ham, haluski and some truly inspiring pizza. The local bakery was advertising paczki. Huh???? How do you even pronounce that? I've been meaning to stop into Bethel Bakery for quite some time. When I saw that they were advertising "paczki", I knew I'd have to stop putting it off and give them a visit.
As I walked in, I saw an advertisement for these pastries and (thankfully!) a guide to pronunciation: poonch-key. They are essentially a filled doughnut, but so much more than that. Get out of your mind, the glazed doughnuts from any chain you've been to. These are different.
These four inch orbs have dough that is a bit denser than what you'll find at Dunkin Donuts...and not covered in glaze but sugar. They had four different flavors; raspberry, Bavarian cream, buttercream and lemon. I intended to get three, but ended on getting all four flavors. The ladies at Bethel Bakery treated me awesomely as I decided what I wanted to order....I got a bit distracted while I looked around the shop at their cupcakes.
After lunch, I sat down with my paczki of the Bavarian cream variety. At the first bite, I realized that there was A LOT of cream in this thing...and that is a good thing. The dough was denser than any cream-filled doughnut I've had and the cream was fabulous. It was a little messy to eat, but I could maneuver around it so I got an equal bite of doughnut and cream.