Fat Thursday – Tłusty czwartek


In the Christian calendar this is the last Thursday before Lent. Fat Thursday begins the last week of the carnival. In Poland, according to tradition, binge eating is allowed on this day. It is a moving tradition, just like Easter, and the date of celebrating a fat Thursday depends on the date of the Lord’s Resurrection.

Fat Thursday was the first to celebrate the ancient Romans. They celebrated the end of winter this way and expressed joy for the coming spring. However, this does not have much in common with the Christian tradition. The feast was based on eating greasy foods, especially meats and drinking wine, and the bite was only donuts. However, they were not the donuts we know today. They were prepared from bread dough and stuffed with bacon.

In turn, in our homeland fat Thursday began to be celebrated around the seventeenth century. However, the then donuts were very different from today’s ones, probably hard to believe, but they were heavier and sweeter! Only from the eighteenth century, donuts began to resemble those we currently eat on a fat Thursday, and this is due to another type of dough used in the frying process. The donuts has become more light and delicate in taste. Usually the donuts were stuffed with jam, but there were also versions of this delicacy with alcohol inside.

Nowadays, just like in the past, celebrating the tradition of a fat Thursday involves relishing caloric delicacies, especially with icing or icing sugar. Sweets every year prepare for this occasion a wide range of donuts sweets: with rose, marmalade, chocolate or advocate. Another traditional succulent chowder is bread, also known as faworki. These are fried cookies, wrapped in the shape of a bow and served with a rich amount of powdered sugar. Sometimes so-called carnival roses are prepared instead of brushwood.

Traditionally, it was believed that eating these delicacies on Fat Thursday is not only the last opportunity to indulge before Lent, but it is also to ensure prosperity throughout the year. In other words – whoever does not eat even one donut or candy this day, this will not be sweet.

How many calories have delicacies on a fat Thursday?

A classic donut weighing 80 grams has 341 kilocalories, less than 6 grams of protein, more than 50 grams of carbohydrates and about 13 grams of fat.

On a fat Thursday, as often as donuts, we eat faworki. These treats are also the enemy of our deck. In 100 grams of faworków there are 475 kilo-calories, about 9 grams of protein, less than 50 grams of carbohydrates and 30 grams of fat. One faworek is 87 kcal and 5.5 grams of fat.

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