Fasnacht are fried doughnuts with a purpose: celebrating the beginning of Lent, when Catholics fast for 40 days. The name comes from the German words “fast” and “night,” meaning the night before Lent, or Carnival. These doughnuts, traditionally meant to use up lard, sugar, fat and butter, are a sweet tradition for the Pennsylvania Dutch community in the surrounding areas of Lancaster, PA. “Our residents know these doughnuts and absolutely love them,” says ...

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