Nana's Fastnachts


Fastnachts are similar to doughnuts and beignets but much tastier! They are usually made on Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras).

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs
5 dozen


  • ¼ cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

  • 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast

  • 2 cups milk

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 3 eggs, beaten

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup melted margarine or butter

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 quarts vegetable oil for frying

  • confectioners' sugar for dusting (Optional)


  1. Combine warm water and yeast in a small bowl; let stand for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, warm milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles; remove from the heat and let cool until lukewarm.

  2. Combine 3 cups of flour and 1 teaspoon of sugar in a large bowl; stir in lukewarm milk until smooth. Add yeast mixture and mix well; cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  3. Stir in beaten eggs, 1 cup of sugar, melted butter, and salt; mix in enough of the remaining flour to make a stiff dough. Cover and let rise for a second time until doubled, about 1 hour.

  4. Punch down dough and divide into 2 equal portions. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut dough with a biscuit cutter. Make 2 slits with a sharp knife in the middle of each doughnut. Cover and let rise a third time until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  5. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  6. Fry doughnuts in hot oil in batches until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels or brown paper bags. Toss in confectioners sugar while still warm.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

107 Calories
4g Fat
15g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 60
Calories 107
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 74mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 2g
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 35mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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