Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017. In Pennsylvania Dutch country, Shrove Tuesday, the day before
the start of Lent, is known as "Fastnacht Day." The Pennsylvania Dutch celebrate Shrove Tuesday by eating yeast
raised potato doughnuts, which are lovingly known as a "Fastnachts." People in some parts of Maryland call them
The name "Fastnacht" is German for "Fast Night." Fastnacht Day is a day to forget about dieting and a slim
waistline and feast on doughnuts! It's a custom that had its beginnings with the Plain People. Making Fastnachts
helped to use up the fat and sugar they had on hand before the Lenten fast began.
Though doughnuts with holes are frequently sold in supermarkets this time of year as "Fastnachts," those who
know their doughnuts, will tell you that a real Fastnacht should never have a hole in the center .... All the syrup
leaks out of a Fastnacht with a hole in it!
To eat a Fastnacht the proper Pennsylvania Dutch way, slice it crosswise, as you would slice a bagel. Spread with
butter (optional), plus table syrup. Replace the top and ENJOY!
We make two varieties of Fastnachts: Cake and Raised. Both these kinds are also available “plain,” “glazed,”
“cinnamon sugared” and “powdered sugared.” (We do not use potatoes in the making of our Fastnachts.)
These favorite treats are only available Tuesday, February 28, 2017 (Fastnacht Day) and are very
popular. To avoid long lines order early.
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