Castagnole di Carnevale, Mardi Gras a la Italiana

Castagnole ready to eat

Today, I was reminded it’s Martedi’ Grasso, Mardi Gras, on facebook. All my Italian friends posted pictures of the parties they had just attended and I felt left alone. So, I baked some deep fried goods.



1/3 cup of sugar

1 and 1/2 cup of flour

1 teaspoon of baking powder

3 tablespoon of butter

2 eggs

the zest from 1 lemon

vegetable oil (I used canola oil) for frying

powdered sugar to dust the castagnole once cooked

How to prepare the castagnole:

Soften the butter and then mix all the ingredients together . Work the dough until a firm ball forms. Roll the dough on a working surface and then shape several thin logs. Chiacchiere dough

Cut the logs in small pieces and roll each piece between your fingers to make small balls.Gnocchi di chiacchiere

Chiacchiere crude

Meanwhile, pour the vegetable oil in a pan and let it reach frying temperature. Then, deep fry the castagnole for a few minutes until they are golden brown.Friggendo le chiacchiereChiacchiere cotte

If you have a dog, he’ll probably wait patiently behind you, hoping for some castagnole to fall on the floor.

Nero waiting for the castagnole to fall on the floor

Let the castagnole dry on a baking tray if you have one, otherwise get creative.Castagnole cotte al punto giusto

Dust the warm castagnole with powdered sugar and enjoy. Have a fantastic Mardi Gras!Castagnole ready to eat

Castagnole di Carnevale, Mardi Gras a la Italiana

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