Chiacchiere (Italian fried dough)

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Chiacchere- A typical Italian fried treat enjoyed during the holidays. Chiacchere are found in different places in Italy during the famous Carnevale festivities! These fried treats are made using flour, sugar, olive oil and often with a pinch of salt. The dough is rolled into thin strips and then deep-fried in hot oil until golden brown and crunchy.

– 1 whole egg and 1 egg yolk 1/4 teaspoon salt – 1/4 cup granulated sugar – 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil – 1 3/4 Tablespoons dry white wine grappa, or rum or even brandy or even orange juice – 1 1/2 cups 200 grams all-purpose flour plus extra for dusting – Oil for frying


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Cook time:10 min

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prep Time

1 hr


Tips to make the best chiacchere – I prepared these by hand using a rolling pin and rolling the dough quite thin can be a bit of a workout but you can also roll the pastry dough with a pasta machine. – Along with the various given names these sweet fried pastry strips are also cut and shaped in various ways, squares, rectangles, diamonds, thin strips tied in loose knots and of course, the bow shape that I’ve prepared.

Fun facts about Carnevale in Italy Carnevale is not only a time to celebrate and is a festival that last weeks, but also a time to enjoy amazing food. During the carnival in Umbria, for instance you may taste struffoli, a sweet typical of Perugia, made with honey, sugar and candied fruits. The cicerchiata is another typical Umbrian recipe.


How long should I fry the chiacchiere? Fry the chiacchiere for a few seconds on each side until they are a light golden color. Make sure to adjust the heat of the oil so that it does not burn them.


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