Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Best Of The Best

 

Today in my corner of the world...

Fasnacht Day 
or
Fat Tuesday as it's called in other areas..! 

We all know the history...Right??

Follow link if you need to be refreshed on the history of the day..




The best Fasnacht's I have ever eaten 
are made every year at a local
Catholic Church within the area I currently live..
The fryers are turned on full blast after
Mass on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. 
The Fasnachts are then made for three
days leading up to Ash Wednesday.
The door is closed sometime on Tuesday,
I'm not sure if this happens when they
actually run out of ingredients 
or they just can't make one more batch....

So, if you live in this area
and you want the best of the best...
One knows to get to the St Cecil's
before that last batch is fried on
Tuesday.

With this in mind,
my son was so thoughtful yesterday (Monday)
and stood in line for two(2) and half hours
for this yearly tradition.

I was introduced to these mouthwatering 
and so sinful, right on the hips treats
many years ago when I first starting working
as a nurse...
 Patient's families shared with the staff
after they stood in line for several hours...

I think the first time I tasted one,
I ate two within a minute..!!



 Listed below are the traditional recipes...

Fasnachts

2 ½ cups hot mashed potatoes
1 cup milk
3 beaten eggs
2 Tablespoons melted butter
2 cups sugar
2 Tablespoons baking powder
5 cups flour

Mix everything together except flour. Mix flour in slowly.
Divide the dough in half. Roll ½ inch thick. Cut with a donut cutter or use a knife to cut into triangular shaped pieces. Deep fry in hot fat or oil until done. Serve with sugar or molasses.

Fasnachts with baking powder
Beat two eggs and ¼ teaspoon salt in a little bowl. Add 1 cup sugar and 6 Tablespoons oil. Add alternately 1¼ cup milk and about 5 cups flour with 3 teaspoons baking powder on the first cup.

Roll out ¼ to ½ inch thick. Cut into triangles, squares, or rectangles. A slit can be cut in the center of the fashnacht. Fry 325-350 degrees.


Fasnachts with Yeast
2 cups scaled milk ½ cup lard
1 cup mashed potatoes 2 teaspoons salt
¾ cup sugar 2 well beaten eggs
1 package yeast
7 cups flour, approximately

Scald milk and add mashed potatoes, sugar, salt, and lard. Cool until lukewarm. Add eggs. Add yeast and enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead well and place in a greased bowl. Cover with a cloth and let rise about 1½ hours. Roll ¼ inch thick on a
floured board. Place on a cloth and let rise until doubled in size and fry in hot fat.


Enjoy your Fasnacht Day
or 
Fat Tuesday

K



 

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