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Naomi4195  (Level: 51.7 - Posts: 184)
Mon, 15th Feb '10 2:37 PM


Tomorrow is fasnaught day in Lancaster, PA and I am looking for a recipe for fasnaughts. Can anybody help me out here? Thanks in advance for any help given.

M48ortal  (Level: 258.6 - Posts: 3792)
Mon, 15th Feb '10 2:55 PM

I'd never heard of them, but found this on the internet:


Makes 50 fassnachts

¼ cup warm water
1 pkg. yeast
2 tbsp. sugar
2½ cups lukewarm milk
4½ cups flour
4 eggs, beaten
½ cup lard, melted
1 cup sugar
dash of salt
5 ½ cups flour

Dissolve yeast in warm water.
Mix next three ingredients together, then add to yeast mixture. Set in warm place and let rise overnight.
In the morning add next four ingredients. Add last batch of flour slowly; it may not all be needed. Dough should be sticky but able to be handled.
Let rise until doubled, approximately 2 hours.
Roll out and cut with biscuit or doughnut cutter, with or without a center hole. Let rise 1 hour.
Deep fry in hot oil at 375 degrees for several minutes, turning until brown on both sides.

Among the PA Germans, Shrove Tuesday (day before Ash Wedsnesday) is known as Fassnacht Day (night before the fast). In a symbolic effort to rid their homes of leavening agents and to feast before Lent, many PA Germans cooks spend part of their day making Fassnachts. The cakes are made of yeast dough, and tradition requires that they be shaped in squares or rectangles, with slits cut in them.

Alvandy  (Level: 237.7 - Posts: 7670)
Mon, 15th Feb '10 6:12 PM

Many PA German/ Dutch locals have found that York Peppermint Patties are an excellent addition to the recipe!!

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