Today is Fasnacht day!
The word “Fasnacht” is an English name for a type of fried doughnut. Traditionally, Fanacht’s are served the day before Lent begins, the excuse being that they’re a way to get rid of lard, fat, sugar, and butter, which were traditionally fasted from during Lent. Regardless of your traditions or faith, Fasnacht day is a fun excuse to eat a doughnut or four.
The Pennsylvania Dutch in the area surrounding Lancaster, York, Berks and other PA Dutch counties in Pennsylvania, celebrate Fastnacht as well. Most chain supermarkets in eastern Pennsylvania offer fasnachts, although Wegmans offers Pączki instead. Pączki are traditionally eaten in Poland on the Thursday prior to Fasnacht Day, although in Polish communities of the US, the tradition is more commonly celebrated on Fasnacht Day. Commonly pączki are round, rather than having straight sides, and they are filled with jelly, or sometimes creme filling.
In parts of Maryland, the treats are called Kinklings, or “Kuechles” and are only sold in bakeries on Shrove Tuesday. The German version is made from a yeast dough, deep fried, and coated or dusted in powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar; they may be plain or filled with fruit jam. Pennsylvania Dutch fasnachts can often be potato doughnuts, and may be uncoated, dusted with table sugar, or powdered with confectioner’s sugar.
The term is synonymous with the Carnival season which is called Fasnacht in southern Germany, Switzerland, Alsace and Austria. Although usually written “Fastnacht”, there are many local spoken varieties: Fasnacht, Fassenacht, Fasnet, Fauschnaut, etc.
The word Fastnacht originates from the German words “fast”, which is the shortened version of the verb “fasten”, which means “to fast”, and “Nacht”, meaning night, indicating the eve of the traditional Lenten fasting period observed by many Christian denominations. It is the equivalent celebration to Mardi Gras or Carnevale.
(taken from Wikipedia)
Have you ever considered making your own fasnachts? If so, here is a recipe for you to try!
Click on the following link here!