FASTNACHTS Pennsylvania Dutch style

READY IN: 1hr 20mins
Recipe by Steve P.

Pennsylvania Dutch traditional Lentin favorite. made on Fastnacht Day which is a special Pennsylvania Dutch tradition that falls on Shrove Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday).

Top Review by LoveToCook

I dissagree about it needing potatoes. I've never used them. I just found a website on the Internet with info on Fastnachts and it says that there are as many different ways to make them as there are cooks. It had 7 recipes half had potatoes and half didn't so I'd say it's personal preference definately not a MUST.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix together all ingredients except flour.
  2. Gradually add flour, stirring well, using spoon until too thick.
  3. Then use hands and start kneading, gradually adding more flour until no longer sticky.
  4. Cover with wet cloth and let rise in warm place for about 4 hours.
  5. Roll dough on floured board to 1/2 to 3/4-inch thickness.
  6. Cut into rectangles about 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches.
  7. Make hole in center.
  8. Place on floured board and let rise about 1 hour.
  9. Deep fry in lard or vegetable oil at 360° until golden brown.
  10. Flip to other side and brown.
  11. Drain on paper towels.
  12. (Recipe can easily be doubled).
  13. Mix some powered sugar with a bit of nutmeg.
  14. Dust with powdered sugar/nutmeg while still warm.

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