Each Fat Tuesday, Benders line up in front of Dainty Maid Bake Shop eagerly anticipating the pastry cases filled with pączki, a traditional Polish doughnut-like dessert. Sadly, this will be the last year for this South Bend tradition. After 88 years, Dainty Maid is closing it’s doors on Valentine’s Day. The owner passed away last Friday.
Dainty Maid’s pączki are something special. Rather than the limp glazed jelly doughnuts that you find in the grocery stores, Dainty Maid’s pączki are almost like a cream-puff. Stuffed with layers of whipped cream and delicious fillings, such as custard, cherries, strawberries, chocolate, Bavarian cream, or blueberries, they’re the best I’ve ever had. They’re the best most people have ever had.
Dainty Maid is open until 5:00 p.m. today. Grab your friends and get in line to have a delicious pączki and to honor this South Bend institution.