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Monday, February 27, 2017

Sweet treat for Carnevale: Frittelle

There are two typical and traditional sweets made in Venice and in the Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia for Carnevale: Frittelle e Crostoli, in Venetian dialect “ Fritoe e Cristoi’.

They are easy to make and delicious. 

They were so loved by the Serenissima Republic of Venice that they were appointed at some point as "The Official Serenissima Sweets". But you can find some similar sweets all over Italy nowadays wth different names and little variations from the original recipe. The Crostoli are also called Bugie, Ganci, Chiacchiere, Frappe, Galani , Sfingi and Strappole. Frittelle are also called Zeppole or Castagnole.
Here in the USA they are often called "Angel Wings”.

Here below the recipe of Frittele, as made by my dear friend and celebrity Chef from Venice Marika Contaldo Seguso. 
See below the links to connect with her.

Serving for 4 

1 Golden Apple cut in small diceSunflour oil, for frying
¼ Cup Raisins or Sultanas or Currants 

2 tbs of Sweet Marsala Wine, warmed
½ Cup Pine Nuts
1 Cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 Eggs
2 tbs sugar
½ cup milk
½ tsp grated Lemon zest
½ tsp Orange zest
Icing sugar

Soak the raisins in the warm Marsala wine until softened.
In a medium size bowl whisk the eggs with the sugar until pale.
Add  the milk, the citrus zest and a pinch of Salt.
Combine the sifted flour with the baking powder and add to the mixture.
Fold in the apple, pine nut, and raisins with the soaking liquid.
In a wide tall skillet heat plenty of oil and when it is very hot pour a level tablespoon of the batter into the hot oil.
Leave  plenty of room between the fritters so they won't stick.
Turn on both side in order to reach a nice even golden color.
Drain over a baking sheet and dust the fritters with confectioners sugars. 

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