Zappi Pączek Split (Donut Split)

Back in February, I talked about Fat Thursday (Tłusty Czwartek) and Polish pączki, which is the Polish version of a jelly-filled donut. Fast forward to the present and I want to show you something I discovered at a food truck recently:

 

 

This is a Zappi Pączek Split. It’s a Polish donut filled with cream and jelly and is topped with powdered sugar. Polish donuts are a bit different from the usual ones you find at your local bakery or café because they are made with (surprise!) alcohol, though there are now many recipes that omit this.

 

From a distance, I got really excited because I thought this treat had ice cream in it (why hasn’t anyone put ice cream inside a donut yet?). However, it was actually filled with cream. I ended up picking the pączek with cream and plum filling. Unlike a typical jelly donut filled with strawberry or raspberry jelly, this plum filling wasn’t as sugary and was a bit heavier and thicker in consistency. If you like plum, you’ll definitely like this filling. It mixes well with the donut and cream.

The donut itself was a bit dry (that’s apparently typical of a pączek) and the cream was heavily concentrated on the outer parts of the donut (despite the illusion of a superfluous amount of cream), but it was pretty tasty. And that’s coming from a person who doesn’t like cream!

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