Fastnacht Kuchen

Recipe by kzbhansen
READY IN: 3hrs 15mins
YIELD: 5-6 dozen




  • Combine the hot mashed potatoes, 1 cup of the sugar, the yeast, warm water or potato water, and 1 cup of the flour.
  • Beat until smooth and let rise until dough is light and full of bubbles about an half an hour.
  • Stir the mixture down and add the remaining 1 cup sugar, the warm water or scalded and cooled milk, melted butter, eggs, salt, and the remaining 6 cups flour.
  • Beat together, add more flour if necessary to make a firm dough.
  • Brush with butter, cover, and let rise until doubled. Punch the dough down and turn out onto a floured board. Knead lightly.
  • Roll out and cut with a doughnut cutter, or cut with a knife into the traditional diamond shapes. Let sit for about 20 minutes.
  • Fry in Oil at 375 degrees until browned. Roll in powdered sugar when done.
  • If desired, the dough may be kept in the refrigerator for several days to be used as needed.