Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Of Fasnachts and Failed Plans

Every year I miss the opportunity to buy some fasnachts on that one special Tuesday known as Fasnacht Day in Pennsylvania. It sneaks up on me, and I somehow think I'm going to come up with a few hours to drive out to the county and get some, and it never works out. This year, it really seemed like it would happen until a combination of snow and holidays caused me to miss work, so it is just not possible to make a trip out for a dozen of those special donuts once again. For those who don't know, fasnachts are fried yeast donuts, and many churches and bakeries sell them on the last Tuesday before Lent. For years I did not know what Shrove Tuesday was, or even "Fat Tuesday" having only ever heard of Fasnacht Day. My grandmother told me how her mother would use up all her lard and sugar making the donuts, and then hide them on a long tray under furniture so they wouldn't be eaten all at once! Since the Mister did not grow up with this tradition, I have always wanted to get him some fasnachts to taste so he can see what all of the fuss is about. Well, better luck to that project next year.

Oh, and don't ask me to make them, because that is a big and messy project for a week day.

I finally know what it takes to get some serious quilting done fast. It takes a lot of snow! In fact, I've nearly completed a four-year-old hand quilting project and am already coming together with ideas for my next one. It won't be hand quilted, though. Do you think I can do something with this lovely pallet?

During one of the snow days, I cleaned out my big binder of recipes and found this moist muffin recipe which I had been meaning to try. There were a cup of frozen raspberries in the freezer, so this was good timing. I'm working on cleaning out the freezer too, because I like to start the growing season with a lot of empty freezer space.

Lemon Raspberry Muffins

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup half and half cream
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. lemon extract
1 cup raspberries

In a a large mixing bowl, combine flower, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another, combine eggs, cream, oil, and extract. Stir into dry mixture. Fold in raspberries. Fill greased muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes. These are extra good warm.


  1. OK, you've officially got me drooling at the mouth over every topic in this posting - and on a day when I'm already hungry and thinking about donuts! The muffin recipe sounds perfect - especially with that addition of the half-and-half!

    And the answer to the question about your color palette is, "Yes, definitely!" Those are beautiful fabrics! Go for it!

  2. These muffins sound yummy! I shall have to try them, as I have some frozen raspberries in the freezer. And the donuts... I love donuts and shoot, I was out and about and totally forgot that it was donut day! Probably just as well, as the scale showed a pound or two gained this morning.

  3. Oh rats, no fasnachts! Now what!? What kind of a wife are you anyway?? Anything made of lard and sugar gets my vote. Yellow and blue together is my favorite combination ~ could you make an apron maybe? For a friend? HA Here's a dilemma - I have about 2 or 2-1/2 cups of buttermilk in the fridge - any ideas of what I can do with that?? Have a good day ~ ♥

  4. Love the colors--do show us the quilt as you progress on it!

  5. Beth, you need to make biscuits or buttermilk pie. And if you still have some buttermilk leftover, make sure you freeze it before it goes bad!

  6. I love your fabrics, whatever you make will be lovely.

  7. I've never heard of fasnachts. Your muffins look delicious! I love lemon and raspberry together! Your squares are so pretty, too. I love blues!

  8. Oh my how I love fasnachts! I do make them once in awhile. I thought I had my recipe on my blog, but I can't find it. Let me know if you want to get messy and make them.
    I will keep your raspberry muffin recipe, as we found more wild raspberry vines on our walk in the woods on friday.
    have a great week!


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