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Recipe for family meals :

Carnival Fritters

This recipe comes from Mangia Bene Pasta - what can I add after a title like that, except to say this site has some excellent recipes and information. Well worth visiting.

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"Not very long ago, many rural homes in southern Italy didn't have stoves with ovens, so it was impossible to bake. For most special occasions, families enjoyed fried treats. Today even homes in remote areas have ovens, but the fried pastry tradition remains".


1 cup flour
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
1 egg
2 tbsp grappa
Vegetable oil for deep frying
Confectioners sugar for dusting

  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt. In a large bowl, combine the butter, egg, and grappa. Add the dry ingredients and stir until the dough is stiff.
  • Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 1 minute. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes.
  • Divide the dough in half. Roll out each half as thinly as possible. With a pastry cutter, cut into 4" x 1 1/2" strips.
  • In a deep saucepan, heat oil to 350ºF.
  • Working in batches, add the strips to the oil and fry until puffed and golden, 1 - 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain.
  • When completely cool, dust with confectioner sugar.

Best when served immediately, but they can be stored at room temperature for a few days.

Makes about 36

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