The Fresh Loaf

A Community of Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts.


pmccool's picture


A week or so ago, my sister said “Let's make bismarks.”  So today we made bismarks, aka paczki.  Two batches, as a matter of fact.  It was one of our favorite things that Mom made.  Today, there are a number of happy McCool kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids reliving memories of Mom/Grandma/Great-Grandma Joyce and her bismarks.  

We never just make food.  We make a tangible expression of our love with everything that we prepare. And memories; strong, lasting memories. 



Benito's picture

Wow Paul, wonderful memories of family associated with those bismarks.  I’ve had paczkis here in Toronto before from a local Polish bakery and they were delicious especially the plum filling.  But your homemade bismarks look like they’d be so much better.  

Unfortunately my family never baked really, my sister and I would bake a cake from a box when we were both kids though, that would be it.  Funny thing now, we both are avid bakers without having any family history of baking.


suminandi's picture

Very beautiful donut batch.