Monday, February 27, 2006

Fastnacht Day in Pennsylvania




It's Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent season. In our part of Pennsylvania, the "Pennsylvania Dutch" area, that means it's Fastnacht Day.

A Fastnacht is a kind of donut. Only much better than a regular donut. You HAVE to eat at least one fastnacht on Fastnacht Day. If you don't live in fastnacht country, then go ahead and have a regular ol' donut. Sad. But all you can do is the best you can do.

I'm havin' a fastnacht right now with my coffee. MMmmmmmmm.......

26 comments:

natasha said...

I already had a brownie.

KristieD said...

:( no donuts for me yet....i will try very hard to get one tho.

Mike said...

Powdered, glazed, or jellied filled? Dang, I want to at least try one now.

lime said...

the dough for my fastnachts is rising as we speak. woo hoo!!!! so glad i am not the only blogger who knows what they are.

kenju said...

In your honor, I will stop by the local Krispy kreme for lunch!

Lucy said...

No fastnacht or donut for me - i've already blown it for the day. maybe tomorrow.

Doug said...

Will you describe a fastnacht? Slowly. Don't rush it.

OldHorsetailSnake said...

One of your kids says no sugar, no glazing. So is your fastnacht both sugared AND glazed?

Think of it also: unleavened fastnacht. (Yikes: A real loser.)

Ariella said...

ooooooo
sounds so good!
I am gonna have to harrass Lime for the recipe.

Sar said...

Any excuse for a donut - thanks, TLP!

Minka said...

I had two fastnacht already and think about the third. That we have donouts at work today is simply coincidental, but I am glad I am in tune with Pennsylvania:)

dddragon said...

Well, Monika, Pennsylvania was settled by alot of Germans - dad's side of the family is full of 'em.

And I've had two today, and am sure to have another before I go to bed ...

Fuckkit said...

The canteen ladies force fed me pancakes. I was happy with my ravioli in a tin but they made me do it.

Damnit they were good.

Sylvie said...

I had King Cake but didn't get the baby. So I don't have to provide the cake next year.

lime said...

my first batch wa s a dud, had to start over. all done....now i smell like a giant vat of lard. hahaha. such are the sufferings in pursuit of fastnachts

LeeAnn said...

Hmmm...well, we don't have Fastnacht Day in Indiana, so I'll celebrate with a Square Donut instead. Mmmmm. Sweet, flaky glaze, sinful-donut-goodness.

http://specials.tribstar.com/terrehautestop40/stories/square.html

Libby said...

i'm having a little debbie 'nutty bar'!!

Keith said...

Well, I had a "chip-buttie" instead. It was huge, fatty and absolutely delicious. Now I've got indigestion and the farts!

mireille said...

Fastnacht translates to Krispy Kreme here in heathen country. sigh. xoxo

Rachel said...

I had a candy bar. Does that count?

Bela said...

I wanted to have pancakes today, but I have an intolerance to wheat and milk. :-(

I love doughnuts!!!! :-((

AP3 said...

I had to settle for a doughnut.

RABBIT, rabbit!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Where can one get a Fastnacht doughnut??? They sound Very Very Special...YUM!

actonbell said...

RAbbit, rabbit! I'm gonna be late seeing your Rabbit

Jamie Dawn said...

"Secondhand Fat" really cracked me up!
I wanna sit in the fat section because the skinny section won't serve mashed potatoes with gravy. They will have boiled potatoes with no butter, and that just won't do.

Ivy the Goober said...

I think fat is contagious and I caught it from someone.