Frittelle – Italian Carnival fritters

In Italy we do celebrate Carnival (Carnevale) three weeks or so before Easter. It’s a lot of fun for the kids, they can dress up with costumes and they enjoy the parade with the giant Carnival floats. It’s a very festive celebration and, of course, we have special sweets just for Carnival: frittelle and frappole. Frittelle are Venetian fried doughnuts served during Carnival, they are round pastries, yummy!! Andrea from DifferentTaste (check out his recipe channel, his videos are enchanting! came to Los Angeles to visit the TasteMade studios and we had fun cooking together some Italian/American sweets: we decided to create a fun colored Carnival party sweet compilation. Frittelle, Frappole, m&m cookies and homemade pancakes with confetti!

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Let’s start with the Frittelle recipe.

frittelle ingred

In a large bowl, mix the flour with the eggs and the sugar. Add the butter in soft, room temperature, small pieces. Keep adding the lemon zest, the vanilla extract, the baking powder and the pinch of salt.
Slowly hand mix the flour until a nice compact and smooth dough is formed. If it gets messy, don’t worry, it’s right 😉 Finish kneading the dough on a hard surface up until it is nice and elastic. We didn’t use any flour but a lovely silicon mat.
Meanwhile heat some canola oil in a sauce pan or deep fryer to 350 degrees F.
Divide the dough in big chunks and roll them into long sticks. Cut the sticks in small 1 inch pieces and roll them with your hands in small balls.
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Deep-fry until crispy and golden, 2 to 3 minutes.
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Dry the frittelle on a towel paper and sprinkle some powdered sugar on top. Enjoy them while they are still warm!!
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If you want to check the other Italian Carneval recipes click below, ciaoooo!!!!
M&M cookies –
Homemade fluffy pancakes –
Frappole –









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    January 21, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    how long does dough last? Do I need to fry same day?

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      Barbara Lamperti
      January 21, 2016 at 10:58 pm

      Hi Sal!
      the dough can stay in the refrigerator (covered) for one day. Enjoy!

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    June 24, 2016 at 12:24 am

    Do they keep at all? If I wanted to serve them the next day?

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      Barbara Lamperti
      June 26, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      Hi Eileen!
      unfortunately I have to say that like all fried sweets they are crispier right away once fried. They loose their crispiness with time. The following day the taste will be the same, but the crust will be more on soft side than on the crispy one. Still very good.

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    July 12, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    how do I know if it’s ready in the inside? how is suppose to look inside?

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      Barbara Lamperti
      July 17, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      Hi! The inside should be soft like a sponge cake but not creamy. If it is too creamy it means it is not cooked enough. Let me know if you like the frittelle!! ciao, b

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    March 24, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Can I leave out the lemon zest?

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      Barbara Lamperti
      March 27, 2017 at 4:49 am

      Hi Lia,
      sure, the lemon zest gives an extra citrusy scent to the frittelle, but it is not necessary. Hope you will enjoy them!! ciao, b

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    Lauren baxa
    September 12, 2018 at 7:03 am

    What type of flour do you use for the frittere

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