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‘Everyone needs some comfort food:’ Local bakeries take part in Fat Tuesday traditions

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Parades, parties, and pageantry are all typically a part of Fat Tuesday, but due to the pandemic, that won't be the case. However, one tradition will be around this year: paczki.

Bakeries all over the Madison area are selling sweet, jelly-filled donuts. At Greenbush Bakery in Madison, general manager Taylor Carlson said the pandemic has made preparing difficult, but Fat Tuesday is still a day he and his staff look forward to.

"It's always fun to have holidays like this, you know, especially during COVID we don't really know what to expect but we usually get pretty good turnouts for you know, holidays and it's pretty consistent year after year," Carlson said.

Although estimating how many paczki to make is going to be a little more difficult this year, Carlson said he's expecting it to be pretty busy at the Regent Street and east side locations.

"Everyone needs some comfort food," Carlson said.

Tuesday on Wake Up Wisconsin, Jessica Porter will be at Greenbush Bakery to talk with Carlson about how to make the paczki and the safety precautions the bakery has in place this year.

Jessica Porter

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