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Old 02-27-2006, 11:15 PM   #21
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Fastnacht (not sure if it is spelled correctly) Day is the tradition around here as the way to use up the sugar and fat before Lent. Fastnachts are doughnuts traditionally made with potatoes in the dough. They are served plain or with powdered sugar. Many churches take orders for them and sell them as a fundraiser. The grocery stores with bakeries sell them and one of the stores has curb service Tuesday morning. Of course the local doughnut chain makes them also.
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Old 02-28-2006, 05:37 AM   #22
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I thought of another good substitute for scottish toffee... we can also get Polish creme caramel here, that has real creamy smooth texture and soft, I am sure that will melt well with heat...

And Mish is right... there is always nutella... wonderful companion any time both with bananas and pancakes...
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Old 02-28-2006, 09:31 AM   #23
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My favorite Sh rove Tuesday story comes from my Jewish cousins. She was trying to impress her overly protective kosher mother-in-law with how she could prepare the perfect kosher meal. All the preparations were made and checked by the book, separate dishes were, plates and utensils were purchased. The kitchen was scrubbed and not a detail was overlooked. A few moments before the arrival of the in laws. The wife asked her husband if she had forgotten anything? He went down a mental list and at the end of that list was dessert. The meal was not complete with out dessert and there was not time to prepare a proper dessert. the wife decided to dash out to the bakery and purchase something while the husband waited for his parents to arrive. Fortunately the wife returned just before her in laws and the dinner went on with out a flaw. The mother-in-law was quite impressed and began to be a little relived that her son would be at least fed by this woman who was now his wife. Then came the dessert. They were placed on a silverplatter which was a wedding present and never did a dozen "hot cross" buns purchased on Sh rove Tuesday look more appealing.
The couple ended burying the dishes in good kosher fashion the mother-in-law never ate at their house again.
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Old 02-28-2006, 09:47 AM   #24
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Traditionally, Hot Cross Buns aren't eaten until the end of Lent - although, in reality, they are available all year round nowadays!
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Old 02-28-2006, 09:58 AM   #25
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Forgive my ignornace, but what exactly are Hot Cross Buns? Is there something in them that is not kosher?
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Old 02-28-2006, 10:21 AM   #26
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They are a bun (here's my recipe I posted a while back )http://www.discusscooking.com/forums...ght=cross+buns

They were traditionally eaten in Christian households after Lent, to celebrate the end of the fasting period... They are a fruited bun, traditionally served with a 'cross' on them.. hence NOT something traditionally found in Jewish homes!

PS - they are delicious, try them, but omit the 'cross' to save hurting the feelings of family
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Old 02-28-2006, 10:25 AM   #27
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Happy pancake day everyone. GB, this is what hot cross buns look like.Click image for larger version

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They are yummy. I imagine that for the fact that they have a cross on them and eaten by christians at the end of lent kind of makes then not popular with the jewish as per the story by captain kent.
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Old 02-28-2006, 10:27 AM   #28
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Hmmm I wonder why the couple had to bury their dishes. Just having something with a cross on it would not make the dishes non kosher. Even if they were "contaminated" somehow (having meat and dairy on them together for instance) there is a way to purify them again. They should not have had to get rid of their wedding gift.

Those buns sound delicious. I will have to try them.
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Old 02-28-2006, 11:03 AM   #29
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[quote=Ishbel]British pancakes are more like French crepes than the thicker American style - which are more like what we Scots call drop scones and the English call 'Scotch Pancakes' - just to confuse the matter even more!
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lol, shaking head.

we always called them norwegian pancakes. my favourite fillings are sliced bananas, whipped cream, and walnuts; butter, sugar, and cinnamon; and butter with either blackberry preseves, orange marmalade, or strawberry jam.
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Old 02-28-2006, 11:06 AM   #30
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I don't understand customs of many, but I understand how wonderful hot cross buns are. Our bakeries only carry them shortly before Easter, and I am going to only buy them once this season.
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