Fastnachts, Pennsylvania Dutch

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“Making fastnachts on Fastnacht Day (Shrove Tuesday) is a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition. They are basically a potatoe based donut. This recipe was given to me by my mother, and is very similar to the one that my Pennsylvania Dutch great grandmother used.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Prepare 1 cup freshly riced potatoes.
  2. Beat well 2 eggs.
  3. Add very slowly, beating constantly, 2/3 cup sugar.
  4. Stir in potatoes and 1 cup buttermilk or yogurt, and 2 tblspns melted butter.
  5. Sift before measuring 4 cups all-purpose flour.
  6. Resift w/ 2 tspns double acting baking powder, 1 tspn baking soda, 2/3 tspn salt, and 1/3 tspn nutmeg or cinnamon.
  7. Stir in sifted ingredients into potato/egg mixture until blended.
  8. Chill dough until easy to handle.
  9. Roll out to 1/2 inch thick and cut.
  10. Cook in oil at 375º F.
  11. It's easiest to add them to the oil w/ a pancake flipper.
  12. Flip as soon as brown on one side.
  13. Takes about 3 minutes to cook one fastnacht.

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