faworkiThey may be called differently in different parts of Poland but they will always be the same delicious golden crispy deep fried bowties. Poles celebrate Fat Thursday instead of Fat Tuesday as in other countries. And of course Fat Thursday is the last Thursday before the beginning of Lent.  On Fat Thursday, we make various carnival treats, and faworki is one of them. This is the day when you put away all diets and need to eat at least one doughnut (a recipe that I will post soon) or a few pieces of faworki.
My grandmother would always use lard for frying.  In the past, lard was more accessible than oil so many traditional recipes still ask for it. I don’t really like the little scent that stays with the dough when I use lard, so I prefer to use canola oil. But feel free to try it the other way. More »