Happy Fastnacht Day!
For those of you who did not grow up in an area immersed in Pennsylvania Dutch heritage, here are the bullet points:
- fastnacht is a German word which translated means: "fast night"
- a fastnacht is a heavy doughnut, traditionally made with mashed potatoes
- they are eaten on Fat Tuesday and they are delicious
There you go, you are up to speed on Fastnacht Day. (I wrote more about Fastnacht Day here and here, if you feel the need to delve further into the wonder of this holiday.)
I had grand plans to make my own fastnachts this year, but they fell through. Mostly due to my inability to get my act together. Plus, Tuesday mornings are taken up with Bun's therapy and they don't lend themselves to making our own doughnuts.
Thankfully, our local grocery store sells some fairly decent fastnachts, so we are well stocked. Now all we have to do is make sure they are all eaten before Ash Wednesday rolls around, but I think the odds are in our favor.
Laissez le bon temps rouler! And please pass the fastnachts . . .