Oh, my friends, it's hard to believe that Lent is knocking on my door, but that also means it's Fat Tuesday. And if you've ever spent some time with the Pennsylvania Dutch, then you know it's not simply Fat Tuesday - it's Fastnacht Day!!
I posted about this tradition last year, but I can't refrain from talking about it again. I guess that what makes it a tradition.
Fastnachts are delicious, heavy doughnuts that the Germans in Pennsylvania make only one time a year. It is their last indulgence before the sacrificial season of Lent, and what a way to go out! Every family has their own recipe, or, if you are lazy like me, you can buy them from the local supermarkets or firehouses (provided they have enough little old German ladies left to make them).
Some are made with potatoes, some have holes, some are square, some are covered in powdered sugar, some are plain and then covered in syrup. Any way you look at it, they are some good eats. And they are also considered good luck, so how can you lose?
I plan on getting my hands on a dozen on my way home from seeing Bun, and I'll be sure to eat one in honor of those who have none readily available.
Happy Fastnacht Day!