for family meals :
recipe comes from Mangia
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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
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tbsp grappa
Vegetable oil for deep frying
Confectioners sugar for dusting
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.
to a lightly floured surface and knead until
smooth, about 1 minute. Cover and let rest for
the dough in half. Roll out each half as thinly
as possible. With a pastry cutter, cut into
4" x 1 1/2" strips.
a deep saucepan, heat oil to 350ºF.
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
completely cool, dust with confectioner sugar.
when served immediately, but they can be stored
at room temperature for a few days.
2001-2002 Sandra Laux