Fastnachts 2020

Today I was with my relatives for the annual fastnacht-baking festival. Fastnachts are traditional Pennsylvania Dutch doughnuts made from potatoes. The dough is cut, rises, and then we fry it.

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Traditionally they are eaten on “fat Tuesday” in preparation for Lent. We just eat them fresh off the fryer. And there’s always plenty of leftovers — this year there were about 150 which is actually a bit less than usual. The recipe has been in our family for generations, and we have evolved it now by adding ice cream to the mix (very progressive and forward-thinking of us!)

And awesome musical performances by uncle David on the flute, Priscilla on the uke, and Rob on the trap.