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POLISH CUSTOM

PECZKI DAY OCCURS THE DAY BEFORE LENT BEGINS. EACH MOTHER IS
SUPPOSED TO BAKE SPECIAL JELLY DONUTS FOR THE FAMILY TO FEAST
UPON BEFORE THE LENTEN FAST BEGINS.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): DOUGHNUTS ; PACZKI ; RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Mardi Gras
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday

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POLISH CUSTOM -- SHROVE TUESDAY

ON THE TUESDAY BEFORE ASH WEDNESDAY, IT IS A CUSTOM IN MISS GALL'S
FAMILY (POLISH) TO MAKE A LARGE BATCH OF DONUTS AND TO EAT
THEM ALL BEFORE ASH WEDNESDAY. THIS DAY IS CALLED PONCHKI DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RATHSKELLER

Keyword(s): DOUGHNUT ; PACZKI ; RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Mardi Gras
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday

Date learned: 02-27-1968

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PUNSHKI DAY

THE POLISH PEOPLE MAKE LITTLE DONUTS ON THE DAY BEFORE ASH
WEDNESDAY, WHICH SIGNIFIES THAT YOU MUST FAST DURING LENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DOUGHNUTS ; PACZKI ; RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Mardi Gras
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday

Date learned: 02-00-1968

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DONUT DAY

ON FAT TUESDAY, THE DAY BEFORE ASH WEDNESDAY AND THE START OF
LENT, IN THE POLISH NEIGHBORHOOD IT IS CALLED PONCZKI DAY. A
PONCZKI IS A ROLL LIKE A BISMARK.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DOUGHNUT ; PACZKI ; RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Ash Wednesday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday

Date learned: 11-02-1969

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NEW YEAR CUSTOM

THERE IS A GREEK TRADITION WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BRING
GOOD LUCK. THERE IS A PASTRY CALLED PETA WHICH IS BAKED
IN A SQUARE PAN. BEFORE IT IS BAKED THE COOK PUTS
MONEY RANGING FROM A NICKEL TO FIFTY CENTS. IT USED TO BE
A FIFTY CENT PIECE BUT NOW THAT MONEY IS PRECIOUS IT'S GETTING
SMALLER AND SMALLER. ANYWAYS, THEY PUT THIS COIN IN THE DOUGH
AND BAKE IT. THE PERSON WHO GETS THE PIECE WITH THE COIN
WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK THAT WHOLE YEAR. THE CEREMONY HAPPENS ON
NEW YEAR'S DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DOUGH CALLED "FILO" ; GIFTGIVING ; GREEK CHEESE IS CALLED "FETA"

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system: F640.0101
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 02-23-1972

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POLISH JOKE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MAN WHO GOT RICH WITH A BAG OF CHEERIOS? HE
TOOK THEM TO HAMTRAMCK AND SOLD THEM AS DONUT SEEDS.

Submitter comment:

HAMTRAMCK, MICHIGAN IS KNOWN FOR ITS LARGE POLISH COMMUNITY.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DOUGHNUT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: CA00001976

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RECIPE

RECIPE FOR SOUR CREAM YEAST DOUGH FOR KOLACH

2 CUPS DAIRY SOUR CREAM
2 PKG DRY YEAST (FLEASCHMANN'S)
1/2 CUP WARM WATER (105-115)
1/4 CUP MARGARINE
1/3 CUP SUGAR
2 TSP. SALT
2 EGGS
ABOUT 6 CUPS OF FLOUR
HEAT SOUR CREAM OVER LOW HEAT UNTIL LUKEWARM. DISSOLVE YEAST
IN WATER IN LARGE MIXING BOWL. ADD WARM SOUR CREAM, MARGARINE,
SUGAR, SALT, EGGS, AND 2 CUPS OF THE FLOUR, BEAT UNTIL SMOOTH.
STIR IN REMAINING FLOUR UNTIL DOUGH CLEANS SIDE OF THE BOWL.
KNEAD DOUGH ON WELL FLOURED BOARD UNTIL SMOOTH, ABOUT 10 MIN.
PLACE IN GREASED BOWL, TURNING ONCE TO BRING GREASED SIDE UP.
COVER, LET RISE IN WARM PLACE (85) ABOUT 1 HOUR, OR UNTIL DOUGH
IS DOUBLE. PUNCH DOWN DOUGH, DIVIDE INTO 3 PARTS ROLL INTO
RECTANGLE 14 BY 9 INCHES, SPREAD WITH BUTTER, ADD WALNUT
FILLING (ALSO CANNED MILK) (SEE RECIPE) ROLL, PUT INTO GREASED
CAKE PAN, BRUSH WITH BEATEN EGG,
LET RISE, BAKE 350-375 DEGREES FOR
ABOUT 20 MINUTES.

Submitter comment:

I PERSONALLY KNOW THAT THIS RECIPE HAS BEEN HANDED DOWN FOR
FOUR GENERATIONS AND PERHAPS MORE THAN THAT. IT ORIGINATED IN
YUGOSLAVIA WHERE MY GRANDMOTHER WAS BORN. THIS IS ONLY MADE
AT CHRISTMAS TIME.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; Dough ; FOOD ; holiday ; RECIPE ; Yugoslavia

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Pastry

Date learned: 11-14-1971

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