Carnival is a time of celebration and fun for children and adults alike, but it's also a great time for some tasty fried pastry recipes to share with your family and friends while sheltered from the cold.
We suggest a typical Italian carnival sweet called castagnole, or Italian donut. This is a historically rooted recipe that is widespread throughout the entire Italian peninsula, although it's origin is the south.
It's called "castagnole" not just because one of its primary ingredients is chestnuts--in fact, it doesn't even contain them-- but because of its shape that resembles the fruit. Several different varieties exist in Italy in addition to the traditional recipe we suggest since the sweet can be sprinkled with powdered sugar, honey or even soaked in chocolate filling or custard, for those with a real sweet tooth.
Ingredients (for 20 pieces)
First, add the sugar, butter, anise, lemon zest and egg to a large bowl and mix all ingredients until smooth. Then add the flour , yeast and salt .Once all of the necessary ingredients are mixed, the dough must be kneaded until it's well mixed and no longer sticky so that each portion can be easily separated. Separate the dough into small balls roughly the same size.
The oil must be hot in order to fry the dough, and each batch should be done separately so that the balls don't stick together. Fry until well browned. Upon removing them from the pan, place them on a paper towel to drain the excess oil and then dip them in a mixture of both types of sugar.
It's a simple and delicious recipe that can be eaten in one bite . Don't you want to give this carnival sweet a try?