Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Rudy's Strudel serves up paczki on Fat Tuesday in Cleveland

Rudy's Strudel serves up paczki on Fat Tuesday in Cleveland

The pastries, which traditionally would be gobbled up by Polish families, are created to use up all of the fat, sugar, eggs and fruit in the house (all of which were banned during Lenten season).

February 13 is Fat Tuesday, which in West Michigan calls for a traditional paczki. At Smurawa's Country Bakery in Pulaski, customers were lining up as soon as doors opened at 5 a.m. Tuesday morning, and coming from all over Wisconsin, and as far as MI and IL to purchase paczki. The creative holiday was founded to use up all sugar, eggs, and more before Lent.

The tradition has evolved over the years and now, come Fat Tuesday, Americans rush out to get the tastiest paczki they can find.

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That's where WWJ's Charlie Langton found the line wrapped around the building at New Palace Bakery on Joseph Campau Avenue.

They tend to be denser than a traditional doughnut, she said. If you're a purist, go for the prune filling. They say they can make 1,000 in less than two hours. "This is the place I need to be, '" Dye said.

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