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Happy Fastnacht!

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Noodlelady

Happy Fastnacht!

 Fastnachts

Fastnachts

A little history of Fastnacht.
It means "eve of the fast." The Pennsylvania Germans celebrate Fastnacht the Tuesday before the beginning of Lent by making this deep-fried dough. It was a way of using up the lard (fat) before the fasting of Lent. The recipe I used is from Edna Eby Heller's Dutch Cookbook (originally published in 1953) and is a yeast-raised version. There are unraised versions as well. The dough is rolled out and cut into square or diamond shapes then a slit is cut in the middle. Then they are deep-fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar. The traditional way to eat them is to slice horizontally (like a bagel) and spread with molasses or honey. 

So eat your Fastnachts today! They're good luck!

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breadnerd

Great photo and great description, I've officially learned something new today!

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swtgran

Thank you for the lesson.  Beautiful fried breads.  Is that what they would be considered?

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Noodlelady

Yes. They would be considered a fried bread or doughnut.

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KipperCat

Nice fried breads, and a nice tradition as well.