The latest artic blast which covered a good portion of the country has delayed the annual Shrove Tuesday frying of Kinklings at a Maryland church. The snow kept members of Flint Hill United Methodist Church in Adamstown Maryland from being able to get to get together to make them.
Kinklings are raised, rectangular doughnuts dusted with powdered sugar that are usually eaten on Shrove Tuesday and the church had orders for 118 dozen (1400 donuts). But they're going to alter their normal pick up date to this coming Saturday. Also known as fastnachts they can be found throughout the Mid-Atlantic wherever Germans settled America in large numbers in the 19th century. Every Mardi Gras, families would find ways to use up all the fat in the household before the lean days of Lent. Kinklings fit the bill, then and now.
Here are some images of Kinklings or Fastnachts.
In the midwest, maybe everywhere in the country, Shrove or Fat Tuesday is pancake day. They're free at IHOP today.