Kinklings or Pancakes?

Kinklings are a tradition at our house, passed down from my grandmother to my father, and now to me.  I never had my grandmother’s kinklings, but my father talks about them every year, reminiscing about how good there were.  I have been fortunate, though, to have tasted by father’s homemade kinklings fresh from the fryer and powered with sugar.  Divine.

Here in Maryland, many people celebrate Shrove Tuesday with fastnachts, or kinklings, as they do in Frederick County.  It is a way to indulge before Lent and historically, to use up the fat in the house.  Across the ocean in the UK, many families traditionally enjoy savory or sweet crepes (they call them pancakes) with onions, or maybe with lemon juice and sugar.  Either one is a traditional approach.

NPR states that to ancient Romans, deep-fried treats presented a way to use up all of the butter, sugar and fat in the house prior to the self-denying diets of Lent.

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Kinklings from the Jefferson Pastry Shoppe

Kinklings have many different names and variations throughout the world. In Louisiana, for instance, they’re called Beignets: pillows of deep-fried dough. There are many doughnuts of Mardi Gras, including:

  • Fasnacht (Or Fastnacht)

  • Cenci

  • Paczki

Can you guess where they’re from?

Don’t have a kinkling recipe? Try this article at the Frederick News-Post. There are a couple recipes for you to try.

Enjoy your kinklings, and stay warm – this March promises to be a cold and bitter month. We’re all waiting for spring!

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Weather Updates and a Happy Valentine’s Day:

WEATHER UPDATE: Please call the Trolley Saturday to be sure it’s open on time; the Conductor is busy clearing snow and getting the Trolley back on its tracks! Jefferson, MD is currently buried under 20″ of snow, with more potentially … Continue reading

Warming the Soul: Vanilla Almond Crescent Cookies

This winter, these delicious and easy cookies will fill your home with the heart-warming smell of freshly-baked goodies. Light a fire in the fireplace and grab a good book; together, these will make your winter a little less chilly.

VanillaAlmondCrescents

VANILLA ALMOND CRESCENT COOKIES:

[Makes 36]

1 1/4 cups unblanched almonds

1 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temp

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

confectioner’s sugar, for dusting

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  1. Grind the almonds with a few tablespoons of the flour in a food processor, blender, or nut grinder.
  2. Sift the remaining flour with the salt. Set aside.
  3. With an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the almonds, vanilla extract, and the flour mixture. Stir to mix well. Gather dough into a ball, wrap in wax paper, and refridgerate for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 325F. Lightly grease two cookie sheets.
  6. Break off-walnut-sized pieces of dough and roll into small balls – about 1/2″ in diameter. Bend into crescent shapes and place on prepared cookie sheets.
  7. Bake until dry – but not brown, about 20 minutes. Transfer to rack to cool only slightly.
  8. Set rack over a baking sheet and dust lightly with confectioner’s sugar.
  9. Enjoy!

Holiday Cheer

Here at the Main Street Trolley Flowers and Gifts in Jefferson, MD, we’re very excited about the holidays, and so are our artists! December first has come and gone, and we’ve banded together to bring you a large, beautiful selection … Continue reading

The Holidays are Nearly Here

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Change is in the air.

The Conductor and her elves are working very hard to prepare the shop for the upcoming holidays! With Thanksgiving nearly here, the Trolley glows with winter cheer. It’s warm and cozy inside, so next time it’s cold and grey outside, stop in to revel in a little holiday goodness. If you’re looking for a little extra something for your Thanksgiving table, though, don’t worry – we still have lots of gorgeous fall items in store, too.

Weather Cancellations and More

Unfortunately, today’s Open House has been cancelled due to the bad weather.

What’s coming up next? HC Summers Inc. and the Main Street Trolley are hosting Checkerboard Days Fall Festival (8:00am – 4:00pm)! Entertainment starts at 10am! Moon bounce, petting zoo, DJ, carriage rides, BBQ, crafts, and SPECTACULAR specials throughout the day! Sign up to win a Cub Cadet Snow Thrower, or 1 of 3 $100 gift cards! Drawing takes places at 3:00. Must be present to win!

Conductor Mary Sue Rice also plans on re-starting Tea Days at the Trolley. This is a perfect opportunity to come in and warm up as the weather turns cold. You can sample a highlighted “tea of the day” in good company. Keep an eye out for more info soon!

The artists are starting to bring in new pieces especially for the holidays. We have a great selection for early-bird holiday shoppers and those looking to decorate their home with a unique autumn look.