Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Today is the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, and many parts of the world have different traditions such as Mardi Gras or Carnival. Here in our part of Pennsylvania, Shrove Tuesday is known as Fasnacht Day. A Penna German tradition, Fasnachts are basically a doughnut without a hole. Traditionally made with potatoes and yeast, they can be served plain or coated with sugar or powdered sugar. Many churches will make these as an annual fundraiser. Our grocery store also makes them all day long trying to keep up with the demand. They are so popular you could smell the Fasnachts before you even entered the store. There are many spellings of Fasnacht, Faschnacht, Fausnaughts, but it doesn't matter how you spell it, it will still "eat good" giving this Tuesday its other nickname of Fat Tuesday!