Should you be lucky enough, perhaps you’ll spot a large brown paper bag spotted with greasy splotches sitting in your office lunchroom ready to be pounced upon. Open it up and you’ll discover the brilliance that is the Fastnacht!
What exactly is this Pennsylvania Dutch delicacy so special it gets its own holiday? Fastnacht Day is an annual celebration that falls on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. Fastnacht translates to “Fast Night” and encourages the use and consumption of leftover indulgences before the Lenten fast. Using plenty of lard and sugar, Fastnachts take the form of crispy, less-sweet, fried doughnuts. Some cover them in powdered sugar. Others cut a slit and fill them with jelly, butter or even molasses. Continue reading