Dom’s Bakery: paczki specials for Fat Tuesday

Kaitlyn Sabb, Feature Editor

The day before Ash Wednesday is Fat Tuesday, the final feasting period before the fast of Lent for Catholics. I got the opportunity to eat paczkis from both a polish bakery called New Martha Washington Bakery in Hamtramck, Michigan as well as Dom’s bakery in Ypsilanti.

I have to confess that there is no need to drive through a snowstorm all the way to Hamtramck in order to get an authentic paczki for Fat Tuesday. Not only did Dom’s bakery have just as many flavors as New Martha Washington Bakery, they also were larger, glazed and had twice as much filling. 

At Dom’s Bakery, I tried one of each flavor: custard, strawberry, raspberry, apple, lemon and blueberry. Each of the paczki were packed with their own unique flavor and homemade filling. Unlike many donut shops, you could tell that the fillings were homemade and contained less sugar than store-bought jams. The lemon filling tasted like a lemon meringue pie, the apple filling reminded me of Thanksgiving and was stuffed with cinnamon and nutmeg, and the classic raspberry filling contained a unique crunch as the seeds were left inside the jam. 

Not only were the fillings amazing, but so was the outside, glazed to perfection and iced with a thin layer of icing sugar. The glaze and donuts were so flaky that when eaten they crumbled onto the plate. Each donut was baked to perfection and filled to the brim, spilling out with gooey, thick and tasty filling. 

Dom’s is located at 1305 Washtenaw Avenue in Ypsilanti, Michigan and is open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. They are not accepting patrons inside as they are allowing customers to drive through. While they used to only take cash, now to make your buying experience more convenient, they decided to accept credit cards for a 50 cent fee.

Fat Tuesday is an amazing opportunity to support local businesses. Even if you decide not to buy from Dom’s bakery, support any one of these other local businesses such as Washtenaw Dairy, Zingerman’s Bakehouse, Dimo’s Deli and Donuts, Detroit Filling Station or your local Busch’s.