February 11, 2013
First Try: A Doughnut for Fasnacht Day
In the south, they celebrate with the wild and crazy parties of Mardi Gras. But here in Pennsylvania, we celebrate with the sweet doughy goodness of the Fasnacht.
Every "Fat Tuesday" or Shrove Tuesday, the Pennsylvanian Dutch break out the lard and warm up their deep fryer to make the sweet dessert that is a heavy-weight of the doughnut world. As part of the tradition of Lent, they emptied their pantries into one heavy delectable dessert.
To celebrate this tradition, many around town enjoy doughnuts and fasnachts alike. I have yet to learn the traditional family recipe for fasnachts, but I am learning how to bake doughnuts, thanks to my mother-in-law's generous gift of a doughnut-baking starter kit. Today, in the spirit of the donut holiday, I tried out a scratch recipe for a basic glazed doughnut based on Food.com website. The glaze recipe came from The Pioneer Woman.
Serve and enjoy!
Rating: 2 out of 5. This recipe requires a doughnut baking pan, but otherwise doesn't require anything more than the average cookie or cupcake recipe. Who would have guessed it could be so easy to make donuts in your own home!
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