January 6 is always a big day for Oakmont Bakery. That’s because January 6 is Paczki Day.
Every year, the bakery begins its Paczki production that day, kicking off a pastry season that lasts through Easter.
Paczki (pronounced Poonch-Key) is a traditional Polish treat. The doughnut-like pastry is made with a yeast dough, cooked in vegetable oil, stuffed with a variety of cream and whole fruit fillings, and topped with a glaze.
At Oakmont Bakery, they’re available each day during the season, and are filled with raspberry, apple, cherry, custard, blueberry, Oakmont Cream (chocolate buttercream), peach, Maple Bacon, Cookies & Cream, plain, Lekvar (prune), lemon, and their most popular flavor, Pittsburgh Cream (white buttercream).
A rep from the bakery says that on busy days during the season, the bakery will sell between 700 and 1,000 of the softball-sized pastries. Paczki at Oakmont Bakery are $1.75 each, or $18.50 for a dozen, and can be ordered in advance, though they’re also always available for walk-ins.
Oakmont Bakery (531 Allegheny Avenue, Oakmont)