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! https://www.youtube.com/user/EnjoyDifferentTaste?feature=watch) 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!
Let’s start with the Frittelle recipe.
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.
Deep-fry until crispy and golden, 2 to 3 minutes.
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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