FASTNACHTS Pennsylvania Dutch style

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“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).”
1hr 20mins
30 donoughts

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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