Fastnacht!

Happy Shrove Tuesday, everyone!

I’ll be honest; I am not particularly religious. I usually give up something for Lent, but I do not strictly observe the rites and observations of the Lentan period. However, like many people today, I like to get into the general spirit of things, and for me, that means making fastnacht!fastnacht

If you do a quick google, you can find tons of different recipes, but here is how I make my fastnacht!

  1. Warm1/2 c milk and add a heaping tsp of yeast to soften.
    1. I usually just zap the milk in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
  2. Sift together 3 c flour with 1 tsp salt.
  3. Soften 6Tbs butter until it has just started to melt.
  4. Add butter to flour mix and cut in with a fork. Form a well in the middle.
  5. Add 3 eggs, 1 tbs sugar, and the milk/yeast mix. Stir until the dough is no longer sticky.
    1. If the dough is stubbornly sticky, turn out onto a floured surface and knead gently a few times.
  6. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double.
  7. Punch down and let rise 10 more minutes.
  8. Roll out to 1/4″ thinness, and cut out shapes. Let rise another 25 min.
  9. Fry in hot oil (approx 325 F), and roll in sugar.fastnacht5

With all the rising, this recipe can take upwards of three and half hours to make, depending on the warmth of your kitchen. My kitchen is really cold and drafty, so I actually moved my rising dough to my bedroom to speed things up!

The amount of fastnacht you can make from this recipe varies, depending on the size you cut them, but I fed eight people, with some left over!fastnacht3