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Fastnacht Doughnuts

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Rating: 5/5
2 reviews

ready in: 2-5 hrs
serves/makes:   30

recipe id: 19614
cook method: deep fryer

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4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package active dry yeast
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup very hot tap water
1 egg, at room temperature


In a large bowl, thoroughly mix 1 1/4 cup flour with sugar, salt, and undissolved yeast. Add softened butter. Gradually add very hot tap water to dry ingredients and beat with mixer on medium for 2 minutes.

Add egg and 1/2 cup flour, or enough flour to make a thick batter. Beat on high for 2 minutes, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Stir in enough flour to make a soft dough. Cover; let rise in warm place free from draft, until doubled (about 1 hour).

Turn dough onto lightly floured board; knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Roll out to make an 8" x 16" rectangle. Cut into 2" squares. Cut a slit about 3/4" deep (almost through the dough) in the top of each square.

Place onto ungreased baking sheet. Cover; let rise in warm place free from draft, until doubled (about 45 minutes).

Fry in deep hot oil (about 375 degrees F) until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. If desired, dip warm doughnuts in sugar with a little cinnamon added.

added by Rebecca Dubin reba


86 calories, 2 grams fat, 15 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams protein per serving. This recipe is low in sodium. This recipe is low in fat.
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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I made these for my best friend (who is from Germany) and she flipped. She said they were the best she's had since she moved here!

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May 25, 2003

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I am German,born and raised there.I remember eating these things as a kid!!!
I will try the recipe and let y'all know how it turned out.
Thanx for the listing : )

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