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Quality Baked Goods In the German Tradition Since 1930
4164 Barnett St., Mayfair, Philadelphia, PA 19135


FASTNACHT 2015           
Haegele's is open Monday 2/16 7am-6pm and Tuesday 2/17 5am-6pm as FASTNACHT is no longer "near" but HERE! Fastnacht, "Doughnut Day" is this Tuesday, February 17th! Flour bags piled ceiling high, extra yeast, heavy cream, German dirndl dresses freshly ironed... Our Little Bakeshop has been getting ready for our busiest day of the year, and now it is here. Fastnacht is the day of feasting and celebration before the Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday. For those unfamiliar with the Lenten season, it is a quieter time in the Church as the days that lead up to Easter are set aside for reflective thought, self discipline and often the religious practice of fasting. Many people "give something up" for Lent, and often it's sweets. However, on Tuesday, before the fasting begins, it's a time of indulgence and hence the familiar term "Fat Tuesday". Many people know the celebration as Mardi Gras, but for those with German roots it's FASTNACHT, feast night! We make a special butter-sponge doughnut for the "feast", and it is only made and sold 2 days a year. Our Fastnacht doughnuts will be available on Monday 2/16 7 am- 6pm and Tuesday 2/17 5am- 6pm. Fastnacht doughnuts are a labor of love for our bakers. They are a 2-part dough and require quite a bit of procedure and perfection. Every one is hand rolled and hand cut and with heavy cream in the dough itself, it all seems a bit excessive for a doughnut. However, it's the Feast and by tradition, the best of the best is served. Our Fastnachts are light, airy, and delicate and finished with a powdered sugar or a cinnamon sugar. Come celebrate the tradition with us this Monday or Tuesday and taste the best of the best...a Fastnacht doughnut from Haegele's.
                                                                                                               Posted 2/15/15