If you are on a diet look away right now.
It is carnevale in Italy and if you happen to pass a bakery in Italy you will certainly spot those irresistible carnival cakes. There are several types but what they all have in common is that they are deep fried.. and they are soo delicious!
My mum and my nonna used to make them every year for carnival and that day was one of the best of the year.. they made so many of them too. Afterwards they would invite friends and relatives around who would enjoy them with a glass of sweet white wine whereas I would of course have them with a juice... usually peach juice.
Today I made castagnole which are different to frittelle, or fritters. Castagnole are more compact and perhaps a little drier but equally nice. You can dip them in chocolate or drizzle them with honey if you like but I personally prefer them just as they are, with a little sprinkle of vanilla sugar.
I have used some rice flour too to make them softer. The kids absolutely loved them and they had a friend around who could not stop eating them. I love it when people appreciate my food.. it makes my day!
- Prep Time : 15 minutes
- Cook Time : 10 minutes
- Yield : 50
In a bowl work the butter with the sugar until soft. Add the eggs, the lemon and orange zest and the vanilla essence. Mix well then add both flours with the baking powder. Stir in all the ingredients well until you get a consistency easy to shape with your hands. Add extra flour if it is too wet or just a little bit of milk if it is too dry.
Shape the dough into small balls the size of a walnut.
Heat plenty of frying oil in a pan and when it is very hot (you can check by dipping a little bit of pastry and if it sizzles then the oil is ready), dip the balls in, a few at a time and fry them until golden.
Fish them up with a slotted spoon, place them on a kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil and sprinkle them with vanilla powdered sugar.
Now tell me if you can manage to have just a couple of them.. I couldn't.